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Allison, Judy 

How to Have a Happy Pastoral Family. 121:6, June 1999, p. 4-5. 
Andrews, Roy A. 

Renew Our Leadership. 121:9, September 1999, p. 8-9. 
Baker, Larry R. 

Attitude Adjustment for Christians, An. 121:11, December 1999, p. 4-5. 

Unique Ministry of Caring for the Church and Community, A. 121 :4, April 1999, p. 5. 
Barr, Linda 

From Jesus, With Love. 122:4, April 1999, p. 2. 
Bauman, Richard 

Body of Gratitude, A. 121:10, November 1 999, p. 1 . 
Butts, Kim 

1 5 Ways to Make Prayer a Natural Part of Your Family Life. 121:10, November 1 999, p. 3. 
Colijn, Brenda 

Faithful Families and the Family of Faith. 121:6, June 1999, p. 1-2. 
Cooksey, Carolyn 

Caring for Our Souls. 121:3, March 1999, p. 1-2. 
Craig, William Lane 

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? 121:3, March 1999, p. 4-5. 
Cunningham, Doug 

Evangelism Success Story, An. 121 :2, February 1999, p. 9-10. 
Davis Jim 

Milleimium Missionaries in Elkhart, Indiana. 121 :9, October 1999, p. 1-2. 
DeVeny Ann 

Renew Our Heart for the Lost. 121:9, September 1 999, p. 6-7. 
Frado, Karen 

Lighthouses of Prayer. 121:9, October 1999, p. 6. 
Frost, Rob 

When You've Lost Your Way. 121:5, May 1 999, p. 1 -2. 
Gillespie, Jaime 

Brethren Youth: Answering God's Call. 121 :5, May 1999, p. 6. 

BYIC Convention, The. 121:9, September 1999, p." 1 1-12. 

Project Disciple. 121:1, January 1 999, p. 6. 

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Hail, Eddy 

Exposing Four Myths About Lay Ministry. 12 1 :2, February 1999, p. 5, 7. 
Hollinger, James E. 

Christo Vive! Christ Is Alive in the Church in Cuba. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 1. 
Hurd, G. Emery 

Jesus and Y2K. 121:9, October 1999, p. 5. 

Making Every Day Valentines's Day. 121 :2, February 1999, p. 1 
Johnson, Jewell 

Waiting When Heaven Is Silent. 121 :3, March 1999, p. 9. 
Keplinger, Robert L. 

Exploring Our Heritage. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 6. 
Lawson, Dan L. 

Billy's Faith. 121 :6, June 1999, p. 3. 

Everyday Faith. 121:7, July/August 1 999, p. 3. 

Example of Christ, The. 121:1, January 1999, p. 3. 

Love for a Lifetime. 121:2, February 1999, p. 3. 

There Is a River.... 121:9, October 1999, p. 3. 

Today's Teens: Do They Fit in Our Churches? 121:4, April 1999, p. 2. 

Welcoming Millennial Teens Into the Life of the Church. 121:5, May 1999, p. 3. 

What's the Matter With Kids Today? 121 :3, March 1999, p. 3. 
Lockyer, Herbert 

I Have Seen the Lord! 121:3, March 1999, p. 4-5. 
Logan, Chantal 

Kid for the Teacher, A. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 4-5. 
M endeison, Abby 

Dealing With Conflict in the Church. 121:1, January 1999, p. 7. 
Moore, Brian H. 

Journey to the Manger, A. 121:11, December 1 999, p. 6-7. 
Morsch, Gary 

Exposing Four Myths About Lay Ministry. 121:2, February 1 999, p. 5, 7. 
Parrott, Leslie 

Ten Terrible Reasons for Getting Married. 121:6, June 1999, p. 5-6. 
Rodriguez, Eduardo 

Renewing the Church in Argentina Through Theological Education. 121 :9, October 
1999, p. 4-5. 
Rodriguez, Mariela 

Renewing the Church in Argentina Through Theological Education. 121:9, October 
1999, p. 4-5. 
Schimmels, Cliff 

Breaking the Silence Barrier. 121:6, June 1999, p. 6. 
Sexton, Bruce 

Unique Ministry of World Relief, The. 121:10, November 1 999, p. 7. 

Sluss, Paul T. 

Renew Our Families. 121:9, September 1999, p. 4-5. 
Smith, Reilly R. 

I Believe in World Relief. 121:10, November 1999, p. 9. 

Overview of Brethren Missions in the U.S., An. 121 :3, March 1999, p. 7-8. 

Visit to Colombia and Peru, A. 121:4, April 1999, p. 8-9. 

Word Snapshots of Brethren International Missionary Ministries. 121:4, April 1999, p. 10., 
Solomon, Carolyn 

Reflections on a Ministry Trip to Lima, Peru. 121:10, November 1999, p. 4-5. 
Solomon, Kenneth L. 

Reflections on a Ministry Trip to Lima, Peru. 121 : 10, November 1999, p. 4-5. 
Sove, Mike 

Welcome to Your New Life in Christ. 121 :3, March 1999, p. 6-7. 
Stoffer, Dale R. 

Look at Where We Have Been, A. 121:11, December 1 999, p. 1 -3. 
Stone, David 

Renew Our Youth. 121:9, September 1999, p. 2-3. 
Waters, Ronald W. 

Taking the Fear Out of Sharing Our Faith. 12 1 :2, February 1999, p. 8-9. 
Westfall, Robert D. 

Escaping Sexual Suicide. 121:4, April 1999, p. 4. 

Gaining Victory Over Sexual Temptation. 121:5, May 1999, p. 4-5. 
Wilharra, Evelyn S. 

I Know Why We Have Easter. 121:3, March 1999, p. 5. 
Winfield, Richard C. 

Church's Role in Y2K. 121:2, February' 1999, p. 4-5. 

Concert of Prayer, A. 121:9, September 1999, p. 10. 

General Conference as Seen Through New Eyes. 121 :9, September 1999, p. 1 . 

General Conference: Will It Make a Difference? 121 :9, September 1999, p. 1. 

How to Prepare for Y2K. 121:1, January 1 999, p. 4-5. 

What Can WE Do About the Crisis in Kosovo? 121:4, April 1 999, p. 1 . 

Why and How of Pastor Appreciation, The. 121:9, October 1 999, p. 7. 



"Ashland Theological Seminary: a Spiritual Community for Equipping Servant Leaders.' 

121:I,January 1999, p. 8-9. 
"1999 Brethren ATS Graduates." 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 1 1. 



"Accenting an Individual at Ashland University." 121:10, November 1999, p. 6. 
"Ashland University: Providing a Unique Balance." Michael Gleason. 121:7, July/August 

1999, p. 8-10. 
": Ashland University Will Host First Annual Update Luncheon During General Conference." 
121:6, June 1999, p. 11. 

"Donald Belsterling Ordained a Brethren Elder October 10 at Park Street Brethren Church." 
121:10,November 1999, p. 10. 

"Trinity Pastor James R. Black Surprised on 70'" Birthday." 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 12. 

"In Memory," 121:6, March 1999, p. 8. 

"Brethren Church in Argentina Uses Funds From World Relief to Aid Victims of Floods." 

121:l,January 1999, p. 12. 
"Renewing the Church in Argentina Through Theological Education." Eduardo and Mariela 
Rodriguez. 121:9, October 1999, p. 4-5. 

"Brethren Impact Church Planting." 121:3, March 1999, p. 8. 

"STAKE Tentmakers Announce Close of Church-Planting Effort in Central Florida." 
121:2, February 1999, p. 10. 

"Ohio Brethren Struggle Over What to Do About Churches That Want to Withdraw From 

the District." 121:5, May 1999, p. 10. 
"Weekend Escape, A." 121:10, November 1999, p. 1 1. 

"Come, Hear and Be Blessed by These General Conference Speakers." 121 :5, May 1999, 

p. 8. 
"Countdown to General Conference." 121 :7, July/August 1999, p. 7. 
"General Conference as Seen Through New Eyes." Richard C. Winfield. 121:9, September 

1999, p. 1. 
"General Conference 2000." 121:1 1, December 1999, p. 8-9. 
"General Conference: Will It Make a Difference?" Richard C. Winfield. 121:9, September 

1999, p. 1. 
"1999 General Conference Schedule." 121:6, June 1999, p. 7-9. 
"General Conference, 1999." 121:9, September 1999, p. 2-12. 

"Congregational Ministries Council Update." 121:1 1, December 1999, p. 9. 

"Exploring Our Heritage." Robert Keplinger. 121:7, July/August 1 999, p. 6. 

"Look at Where We Have Been, A." Dale R. Stoffer. 121:11, December 1999, p. 1-3. 

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"Brethren Church 1999 Summer Mmistries." 121:2, February 1999, p. 6-7. 

"Announcing the 1999 Summer Ministries Participants." 121:5, May 1999, p. 7-8. 

"Fourth Volume to Brethren Encyclopedia Now in Progress." 121:1, January 1999, p. 10. 

"Pastors and Their Spouses Retreat to Florida to Focus on Ways of Providing Mutual Care.' 
121:4, April 1999, p. 11-12. 

"Announcing the 1999 Summer Ministries Participants." 121:5, May 1999, p. 7-8. 

"Brethren Youth: Answering God's Call." Jaime Gillespie. 121:5, May 1999, p. 6. 

"From Jesus, With Love." Linda Barr. 121:4, April 1999, p. 2. 

"Jaime L. Gillespie Named to New Position as Brethren Church National Youth Leader." 
121:2, February 1999, p. 11. 

"Renew Our Youth." David Stone. 121 :9, September 1999, p. 2-3. 

"There Is a River..." Dan Lawson. 121:9, October 1999, p. 3. 

"Waiting When Heaven Is Silent." Jewell Johnston. 121:3, March 1999, p. 9. 

"Welcome to Your New Life in Christ." Mike Sove. 121 :3, March 1999, p. 6-7. 

"When You've Lost Your Way." Rob Frost. 121:5, May 1999, p. 1-2. 

"Attitude Adjustment for Christmas, An." Larry R. Baker. 121:11, December 2 1 , 1999, 
p. 4-5. 

"Journey to the Manger, A." Brian H. Moore. 121:11, December 1999, p. 6-7. 

"Dealing With Conflict in the Church." Abby Mendelson. 121:1, January 1999, p. 7. 

"Why and How of Pastor Appreciation, The." Richard Winfield. 121:9, October 1999, p. 7. 

"How to Have a Happy Pastoral Family." Judy Allison. 12 1 :6, June 1999, p. 4-5. 

"Coles in Retirement, The." 121:6, June 1999, p. 1 1. 

Lanark, IL. 121:10, November 1999, p. 12. 

Waterioo, lA., Hammond Ave. 121:3, March 1999, p. 10, 
" 121:6, June 1999, p. 10. 

Sarasota. 121:5, May 1999, p. 9. 

Elkhart. 121:9, October 1999, p. 1-2. 

Fort Wayne, Meadow Crest. 121 :9, October 1999, p. 12. 

Goshen. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 12. 

Indianapolis, Brethren Inner-City Ministries. 121:3, March 1999, p. 12. 

121:9, October 1999, p. 10. 

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Lakeville, County Line. 121:1, January 1999, p. 1 1. 

Loree. 121:9, October 1999, p. 12. 

North Manchester. 121:5, May 1999, p. 1 1. 

Peru, Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship. 1 2 1 :4, April 1 999, p. 7, 

South Bend. 121:4, April 1999, p. 5. 

Twelve Mile, Corinth. 121:2, February 1999, p. 1 1. 

Warsaw, Dutchtown. 121:5, May 1999, p. 9. 

Carlsbad, Rock Springs. 121:10, November 1999, p. 2. 

Stockton, Carson Oaks Community. 121 :5, May 1999, p. 9. 

Ashland, Garber. 121:9, October 1999, p. 12 

121:ll,December 1999, p. 10. 

Ashland, Park Street. 121:3, March 1999, p. 12. 
121.9, October 1999, p. 11. 

Mansfield, Living Waters. 121:9, October 1999, p. 8. 

New Lebanon. 121:2, February 1999, p. 12. 

Berlin. 121:5, May 1999, p. 10. 

Levittown, Highland Park Community. 121:1, January 1999, p. 10. 

Saxton, Raystown. 121 :9, October 1999, p. 7. 

Oak Hill, WV. 121:1 1, December 1999, p. 1 1. 

Port Republic, VA. 121:4, April 1999, p. 12. 
" 121:6,Junel999,p. 10. 
" 121:9, October 1999, p. 12 
" 121:ll,December 1999,p. 12. 

Winchester, VA. Grace Community. 121 :5, May 1999, p. 12. 

Chandler, AZ., Oasis Community. 121 :4, April 1999, p. 6-7. 

"Christo Vive! Christ Is Alive in the Church in Cuba." James HoUinger. 121:7, July/ August 
1999, p. 1-2. 

"In Memory." 121:10, November 1999, p. 10, 

"I Know Why We Have Easter." Evelyn S. Wilharm. 121:3, March 1999, p. 5. 

"Evangelism Success Story, An." Doug Cunningham. 121 :2, February 1999, p. 9-10. 

"Taking the Fear Out of Sharing Our Faith." Ronald W. Waters. 121:2, February 1999, 
p. 8-9. 

"Everyday Faith." Dan Lawson. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 3. 


"Faithful Families and the Family of Faith." Brenda Colijn. 121:6, June 1999, p. 1-2. 

"15 Ways to Make Prayer a Natural Part of Your Family Life." Kim Butts. 121 : 10, 
November 1999, p. 3. 

"Exploring Our Heritage." Robert Keplinger. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 6. 

"Jaime L. Gillespie Named to New Position as Brethren Church National Youth Leader." 
121:2, February 1999, p. 11. 

"Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?" William Lane Craig. 121:3, March 1999, p. 4-5. 

"In Memory." 121: 11, December 1999, p. 10. 

"What Can WE Do About the Crisis in Kosovo?" Richard C. Winfield. 12 1 :4, April 
1999, p. 1. 

"Brethren Pastor Dan Lawson to Become New Director of Congregational Ministries." 
121:7, July/August 1999, p. 11. 

"Exposing Four Myths About Lay Ministry." Eddy Hall and Gary Morsch. 121:2, February 
1999, p. 5, 7. 

"In Memory." 121:11, December 1999, p. 12. 

"Example of Christ, The." Dan Lawson. 121:1, January 1999, p. 3. 

"Love for a Lifetime." Dan Lawson. 121 :2, February 1999, p. 2. 

"Ten Terrible Reasons for Getting Married." Les and Leslie Parrott. 121 :6, June 1 999, p. 5-6. 

"Maria Miranda Receives Silver Angel Award for Her Spanish Radio Program 'Para Ti 
Mujer.'" 121:4, April 1999, p. 12. 

"Word Snapshots of Brethren International Missionary Ministries." Reilly R. Smith. 
121:4, April 1999, p. 10. 

"Kid for the Teacher, A." Chantal Logan. 121 :7, July/August 1999, p. 4-5. 

"Visit to Colombia and Peru, A." Reilly R. Smith. 121 :4, April 1999, p. 8-9. 

"Logans See Potential, Ask for Prayer as They Begin Working With Church in Rouen, 
France." 121:10, November 1999, p. 11. 

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"Overview of Brethren Missions in the U. S., An." Reilly R. Smith. 12 1 :3, March 1999, 
p. 7-8. 

"Brethren Missionaries Dr. K. Pransanth and Nirmala Kumar." 121:5, May 1999, p. 1 1. 

"Persecution of Christians in hidia Prompts Kumars to Appeal for Prayers of U.S. Brethren. 
121:3, March 1999, p. 11. 

"Rajahmundry, India." 121:1, January 1999, p. 11. 

"Jen Thomas Now Serving With Brethren Missions in Mexico." 121 :9, October 1999, p. 9. 

"Reflections on a Ministry Trip to Lima, Peru." Kenneth and Carolyn Solomon. 121:10, 
November 1999, p. 4-5. 

"Visit to Colombia and Peru, A." Reilly R. Smith. 121:4, April 1999, p. 8-9. 

"Leaders From Four Anabaptist Denominations Lay Plans for the Future of New Life 
Ministries." 121:6, June 1999, p. 12. 

Bowman, Marguerite T. 121:6, June 1999, p. 12. 

Dixon, Robert H. 121:10, November 1999, p. 10. 

Kindley, Edna Lavaughn. 121:11, December 1 999, p. 1 0. 

Logan, Hays K. 121:11, December 1999, p. 12. 

Rodkey, Edith L. 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 1 1. 

Rose, Florence Vincent. 121:5, May 1999, p. 12. 

Rose, Smith F. 121:5, May 1999, p. 12. 

Schrader, Enit W. 121:3, March 1999, p. 10. 

Stafford, Robert L. 121:1, January 1 999, p. 1 0. 

Belsterling, Donald L. 121:10, November 1999, p. 12. 

Owens, Arnold L. 12 1 :9, October 1999, p. 1 1 . 

Sluss, Paul T. 121:9, October 1999, p. 10. 

"Arnold L. Owens Ordained a Brethren Elder June 27 at Pleasant View Brethren Church." 
121:9, October 1999, p. 11. 

"15 Ways to Make Prayer a Natural Part of Your Family Life." Kim Butts. 121:10, 
November 1999, p. 3. 

"Lighthouses of Prayer." Karen Frado. 121 :9, October 1999, p. 6. 

"Project Disciple." Jaime Gillespie. 121:1, January 1999, p. 6. 

"In Memory." 121:7, July/August 1999, p. 1 1. 



"Doc Shank Retires From Pastoral Ministry After Fifty-Four Years of Christian Service." 
121:10, November 1999, p. 10. 

"Briefly Noted." 121:4, April 1999, p. 12. 

"Paul T. Sluss Ordained to Brethren Eldership August 8 at Smithville, Ohio, Brethren 
Church." 121:9, October 1999, p. 10. 

""Caring for Our Souls." Carolyn Cooksey. 121:3, March 1999, p. 1-2. 

"InMemory." 121:1, January 1999, p. 10. 

"Body of Gratitude, A." 121:10, November 1999, p. 1 

"Jen Thomas Now Serving With Brethren Missions in Mexico." 121:9, October 1999, p. 9. 

"Making Every Day Valentine's Day." 121:2, February 1999, p. 1. 

"Brad Whitehead Installed as Senior Pastor May 16 at Goshen First Brethren Church." 
121:7, July/August 1999, p. 12. 

"I Believe in World Relief" Reilly R. Smith. 121:10, November 1999, p. 9. 

"Mayor of Albanian Town Praises Churches for Their Relief Ministry to Kosovar Refugees." 
121:6, June 1999, p. 11. 

"Unique Ministry of World Relief, The." Bruce Sexton. 121:10, November 1999, p. 7. 

"World Relief at Work." 121:10, November 1999, p. 8-9. 

"World Relief Offers Gifts That Make a Difference." 121:11, December 1 999, p. 1 0. 

"World Relief Rushes Aid to Colombian Quake Victims. 121:2, February' 1999, p. 10. 

"World Relief Success Story: Children Saved in Cambodia." 121:1, January 1999, p. 12. 

"Breaking the Silence Barrier." Cliff Schimmels. 121:6, June 1999, p. 6. 

"Today's Teens: Do They Fit in Our Churches?" Dan Lawson. 121 :4, April 1999, p. 3. 

"Welcoming Millennial Teens Into the Life of the Church." Dan Lawson. 121 :5, May 
1999, p. 3. 

"What's the Matter With Kids Today?" Dan Lawson. 12 1 :3, March 1999, p. 3. 

"Church's Role in Y2K, The." Richard C. Winfield. 121:2, February 1999, p. 4-5. 

"How to Prepare for Y2K." Richard C. Winfield. 121:1, January 1 999, p. 4-5. 

"Y2K: Are You Ready." 121:1, January 1999, p. 1-2. 



"( ' 


The Brethren ) 



A newsletter for Brethren people 

January 1999 



itly being said and 
f'ear 2000 computer 
ferred to as the Y2K 
iply Y2K. As a result, 
becoming alarmed 
5n panicking, 
rticle provides some 
■itual perspective on 
1 comfort our hearts. 
e used as an evan- 
;ach non-Christians 
about Y2K. 
cen from a tract pub- 
irican Tract Society, 
t can be purchased 
ithers. The article is 
on of the American 
11-98). For free sam- 
:all 1-800-54-TRACT 
WORLE net/ats). 

he subject of Y2K, 






2000 computer 

Ul the most serious 

finance, commerce 

"W operations in mod- 

lot solved in time, 

nks, major corpora- 

'''^lilitary could all be 

s running out. What 


IS Y2K? 

"Wness started over 30 

1 computer compa- 

VOT rTu*^''ite the year's date 

ast two digits. Com- 

"Bfed 1970 as "70," the 

"Tetood by the system. 

16 age of someone 

^^.^40, (which a comput- 

'40") the computer 

e current date (70) 

and determine the 

30. Fine. 

comes when we reach 

mid- #■ night on December 31st, 
1999.^ I Now the computer will 
read the date as (00) and interpret it 
as 1900. So on January 1st our 
friend born in 1940 will be minus 40 
years old, or, in the computer's 
terms, non-existent! Not so fine. 

The coming date change will af- 
fect every aspect of electronic opera- 
tions and commerce . . . from com- 
puters, security systems, voter 
registration and financial transac- 
tions to operation of production ma- 
chinery, satellites, televisions and 
automobiles. Power stations could 
shut down, automatic product "use- 
by" date systems could reject prod- 
ucts, loans could default and credit 
cards expire. 

Some people believe an electronic 
"Armageddon" will occur when crit- 
ical systems shut down. They fore- 
cast the collapse of banking, stock 
market, telecommunications, energy 
and national defense systems. These 
experts believe we could face a glob- 
al recession in the year 2000 — last- 
ing for at least 12 months — result- 
ing in a significant drop in the U.S. 
Gross National Product. 


We do not want to admit how 
much we rely on computers to run 

our businesses, our governments 
and our lives. Our level of panic over 
an event such as this is a direct 
reflection of the amount of trust we 
put in "the system." Have we gone 
too far in placing our faith in our 
technological accomplishments, be- 
lieving they will save us? 

If you are not sure what the fu- 
ture will bring, consider this: 


• God will still exist. 

In the begin/ling you [God] laid 
the foundations of the earth, and the 
heavens are the work of your hands. 
They will perish, but you remain; 
they will all wear out like a garment. 
Like clothing you will change them 
and they will be discarded. But you 
remain the same, and your years 
will never end. (Psalm l()2:25-27) 

• God will continue to operate. 

The plans of the Lord stand firm 
forever, the purposes of his heart 
through all generations. (Ps. 33:11) 

• God will always be in control. 

The Lord reigns forever, your 
God, O Zion, for all generations. 
(Ps. 146:10) 

(continued on next page) 

Inside this issue 

Don't panic 

The example of Christ 


How to prepare for Y2K 
Thoughts for the New Year 
Project Disciple 
Dealing with conflict 



Ashland Theological Seminary 
Around the denomination 


The Women's Outlook Newsletter 
is in the center of this issue 


( The Brethren^ 




Vol.121, No. 1 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

January 1999 


Much is currently being said and 
written about the Year 2000 computer 
problem, often referred to as the Y2K 
problem or as simply Y2K. As a result, 
many people are becoming alarmed 
and some are even panicking. 

The following article provides some 
much-needed spiritual perspective on 
this problem. It can comfort our hearts. 
And it can also be used as an evan- 
gelistic tool to reach non-Christians 
who are alarmed about Y2K. 

The article is tal^en from a tract pub- 
lished by the American Tract Society. 
Copies of the tract can be purchased 
for distribution to others. The article is 
used by permission of tlie American 
Tract Society (11-11-98). For free sam- 
ples or a catalog, call 1-800-54-TIRACT 

For more on the subject of Y2K, 
see pages 2, 4, and 5. 

TIME YEAR 2000 computer 
problem is the most serious 
global threat to finance, commerce 
and government operations in mod- 
ern history. If not solved in time, 
governments, banks, major corpora- 
tions and the military could all be 
crippled. Time is running out. What 
will the future bring? 


The current mess started over 30 
years ago when computer compa- 
nies decided to write the year's date 
using only the last two digits. Com- 
puters recognized 1970 as "70," the 
19 being understood by the system. 
To calculate the age of someone 
born in, say, 1940, (which a comput- 
er reads as "40") the computer 
would take the current date (70) 
subtract (40) and determine the 
person's age as 30. Fine. 

The problem comes when we reach 

mid- #■ night on December 31st, 
1999.^ C Now the computer will 
read the date as (00) and interpret it 
as 1900. So on January 1st our 
friend born in 1940 will be minus 40 
years old, or, in the computer's 
terms, non-existent! Not so fine. 

The coming date change will af- 
fect every aspect of electronic opera- 
tions and commerce . . . from com- 
puters, security systems, voter 
registration and financial transac- 
tions to operation of production ma- 
chinery, satellites, televisions and 
automobiles. Power stations could 
shut down, automatic product "use- 
by" date systems could reject prod- 
ucts, loans could default and credit 
cards expire. 

Some people believe an electronic 
"Armageddon" will occur when crit- 
ical systems shut down. They fore- 
cast the collapse of banking, stock 
market, telecommunications, energy 
and national defense systems. These 
experts believe we could face a glob- 
al recession in the year 2000 — last- 
ing for at least 12 months — result- 
ing in a significant drop in the U.S. 
Gross National Product. 


We do not want to admit how 
much we rely on computers to run 

our businesses, our governments 
and our lives. Our level of panic over 
an event such as this is a direct 
reflection of the amount of trust we 
put in "the system." Have we gone 
too far in placing our faith in our 
technological accomplishments, be- 
lieving they will save us? 

If you are not sure what the fu- 
ture will bring, consider this: 


• God will still exist. 

In the beginning you [God] laid 
the foundations of the earth, and the 
heavens are the work of your hands. 
They will perish, but you remain; 
they will all wear out like a garment. 
Like clothing you will change them 
and they will be discarded. But you 
remain the same, and your years 
will never end. (Psalm 1(32:25-27) 

• God will continue to operate. 

The plans of the Lord stand firm 
forever, the purposes of his heart 
through all generations. (Ps. 33:11) 

• God will always be in control. 

The Lord reigns forever, your 
God, O Zion, for all generations. 
(Ps. 146:10) 

(continued on next page) 

Inside this issue 

Don't panic 


The example of Christ 


How to prepare for Y2K 


Thoughts for the New Year 


Project Disciple 


Dealing with conflict 


Ashland Theological Seminary 


Around the denomination 


The Women's Outlook Newsletter \ 

is in the center of this issue 

• God's power will never dimin- 

Do you not know? Have you not 
heard? The Lord is the everlasting 
God, the Creator of the ends of the 
earth. He will not grow tired or 
weary, and his understanding no 
one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28) 

• God's security system will 
always function. 

The eternal God is your refuge, 
and underneath are the everlasting 
arms. He will drive out your enemy 
before you. (Deuteronomy 33:27) 

• God will still listen to you. 

The Lord is near to all who call 
on him, to all who call on him in 
truth. He fulfills the desires of those 
who fear him; he hears their cry and 
saves them. iPs. U5:18-19) 

• God will continue to defend 

You will not have to fight this bat- 
tle. . . . Stand firm and see the deliv- 
erance the Lord will give you .... 
Do not be afraid; do not be discour- 
aged. Go out to face [your enemies] 
tomorrow, and the Lord will be with 
you. (2 Chronicles 20:17) 

• God will never reject you. 
Come near to God and he will 

come near to you. For the Lord will 
not reject his people; he will never 
forsake his inheritance. (James 4:8; 
Ps. 94:14) 

• God will still value you im- 

Are not two sparrows sold for a 
penny? Yet not one of them will fall to 
the ground apart from the will of your 
Father And even the very hairs of 
your head are all numbered. So don 't 
be afraid; you are worth more than 
many sparrows. fMatthew 10:29-31) 

• God's gifts to you will never 

If you, then, though you are evil. 

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know how to give good gifts to your 
children, how much more will your 
Father in heaven give good gifts to 
those who ask him! (Matt. 7:11) 
• Neither God's promises to 

you nor His love for you will 

ever expire. 

The Lord is faithful to all his 
promises and loving toward all he 
has made. (Ps. 145:13) Give thanks 
to the Lord, for he is good. His love 
endures forever (Ps. 136:1) 

Would you like to "reprogram" your 
heart to run on God's computer? 
Here's how: 

1) Recognize the Problem: 

No one is born "eternity comph- 
ant," and without massive repro- 
gramming, we will remain out-of- 
sync with God, forever. We cannot 
solve this problem ourselves, it's too 

There is no one righteous, not even 
one. . . . For all have sinned and fall 
short of the glory of God. (Romans 
3:10, 23) 

2) Understand the Solution: 

The only way to repair our prob- 
lem is through God's Son, Jesus 

Righteousness from God comes 
through faith in Jesus Christ to all 
who believe. (Romans 3:22) 

3) Accept His Salvation: 

Trust in Christ's sacrificial death 
and resurrection to provide all the 
"modification" your spiritual sys- 
tem will ever need. 

Christ died for sins once for all, 
the righteous for the unrighteous, to 
bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18) 

You can pray through your deci- 
sion like this: 

Dear God, 

I know I fall short of Your perfect 
will every day. I have tried to do my 
best, but I realize that is not good 
enough to repair my problem and get 
me to heaven. I trust in Jesus ' death 
on the cross to delete the penalty for 
all my sins. I believe His resurrec- 
tion gives me eternal life. Thank you 
for giving me this free and wonder- 
ful gift. Amen. [ij'] 

Don't Panic 

The beginning of the previous 
article is a little more pessimistic 
than I would prefer it to be. While 
some "experts" are predicting dire 
circumstances as a result of the 
Y2K problem, other "experts" are 
expecting only minor glitches. 

I do not want to be an alarmist. 
Like the Apostle Paul, I would ask 
you "not to become easily unsettled 
or alarmed" by some article from us 
(cf 2 Thess. 2:2). 

On the other hand, I don't want 
you to be uninformed. As editor of a 
Christian publication, I would not 
be acting responsibly if I did not call 

to your attention the possibility of 
problems when Year 2000 begins. 

So while I would again say, "Don't 
panic. Don't get alarmed." I would 
also say, "Get informed! And make 
prudent preparations." {For sugges- 
tions on how to do this, see the arti- 
cle on pages 4 & 5.) 

But above all, as the above article 
emphasizes, put your trust in God. 
He will see you through no matter 
what happens. In fact, as is often 
the case with adversity, Y2K may be 
an open door to even great blessings 
for you. And it may provide signifi- 
cant opportunities for you and your 
church to minister to others. i"^] 
— Editor Richard Winfieid 

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The Example of Christ 

By Dan Lawson 

To resolve conflict in a mar- 
riage, both the husband and 
the wife need to follow the ex- 
ample of Christ. 

HAVE YOU ever had a quarrel 
with your spouse? Come on 
now, be honest. Every marriage 
has times of conflict and disagree- 
ment. Let's just accept it as a fact 
of Hfe that we are going to have 
arguments. Bill Cosby once said, 
"I have called my wife some names 
that I was proud I even thought of, 
and my wife has run some off on 
me that I have written down." 

It is foolish to think that we are 
going to be able to live together as 
husband and wife and never have 
an argument. The question is. Are 
we going to let those arguments 
break us, or make us? 

If anyone had a right to be angry 
at His situation, it was Jesus at 
the crucifixion. He was innocent of 
all wrong, yet He was being exe- 
cuted as a common criminal by an 
angry mob. Jesus had come to 
show these people the way of sal- 
vation. He had come to demon- 
strate to them God's love. And 
their response was to nail Him to 


"It is foolish to think that 
we are going to be able to 
live together as husband 
and wife and never have 
an argument." 

s . 

a cross and spit in His face. Why 
did He take it? Why were five of 
the seven statements that Jesus 
made from the cross statements of 
concern for others? 

I submit to you that it was be- 
cause of His divine love. He ac- 
cepted the inhumanity of the cross 
because He loved those who put 
Him there. This is the example 

that we need to follow in all of our 
relationships, but especially in the 
relationship of marriage. 

Many husbands do not realize 
that when wives get angry, the 
best way to respond is to extend a 
tender touch and a listening ear. 
Instead, the average husband 
braces himself and prepares a hos- 
tile reply, because his reaction 
comes out of human arrogance 
rather than agape love. 

If, however, we follow the exam- 
ple of Christ on the cross as it ap- 
plies to marriage, we do not give a 
harsh word for a harsh word. In- 
stead, we let love take its place. If 
both husband and wife do this re- 
peatedly, their marriage can only 
grow stronger 

When your spouse is hurting, 
you should focus on your 
spouse's pain, not your own. 

Husbands, love your wives, just 
as Christ loved the church and 
gave himself for her . . . , the Apos- 
tle Paul said in Ephesians 5:25. I 
believe that Paul is telling hus- 
bands to follow the example of 
Christ on the cross in their mar- 
riages. The problem is that wives 
are often suspicious when their 
husbands express this kind of love. 
This is usually due to the fact that 
this kind of love is not consistent- 
ly and repeatedly expressed. 

It is like the husband who was 

overcome with a deep feeling of 
love for his wife one day while at 
work. He decided to stop on the 
way home and buy her a box of 
candy and a bouquet of flowers to 
express that love. When he walked 
through the doorway, his wife took 
one look at him and burst into tears. 
He thought it was because she was 
moved by his spontaneous display 
of affection — until she spoke. 

"That's just great!" she said. 
"The perfect ending to a rotten 
day. I wrecked the car; the baby 
has been screaming all day from 
cutting teeth; I had a salesman I 
couldn't get rid of, which made me 
burn dinner; and now you come 
home drunk!" It would seem obvi- 
ous that his displays of affection 
for her were all too infrequent. 

When your spouse is happy, 
you should share the joy. 

The flip side of a love that feels 
another's pain is a love that feels 
another's joy. Jesus said, / have 
told you this so that my joy may be 
in you and that your joy may be 

"If we follow the example 
of Christ on the cross as 
it applies to marriage, we 
do not give a harsh word 

for a harsh word." 


complete. . . . Love each other as I 
have loved you (John 15:11, 12). In 
this command, Jesus clearly links 
Christ-like love with joy. 

Nowhere is this more true than 
in marriage. When we love our 
marriage partner so deeply that 
we think first of the partner's pain 
rather than our own, our reward is 
a deep, abiding joy that defies 
human description. And when 
both partners reciprocate this 
kind of Christ-like love, the joy is 
only compounded. [1}'] 

Next montti we will look at "Whose 
fault is it?" 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one of a series of arti- 
cles in which he applies Bible truths 
to our personal lives. 

January 1999 

How to prepare for Y2K 

By Richard Winfield, Editor 



such a small thing — using two 
digits instead of four digits to repre- 
sent the year in computer software 
(99 instead of 1999, for example) — 
could cause such a big problem! (iSee 
the article on page 1 if you have not 
already done so. ) One is reminded of 
the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Corin- 
thians 1:27 — "But God chose the 
foolish things of the world to shame 
the wise; God chose the weak things 
of the world to shame the strong." 

But a big problem is what it has 
become. At best, it is a problem that 
is costing billions of dollars to fix — 
more than $600 billion dollars by 
some estimates — as computer pro- 
grammers work their way through 
millions of lines of programming to 
make the necessary changes. 

At worst, it's a problem that won't 
be fixed by January 1, 2000. In which 
case, thousands of computers used 
by government, industry, communi- 
cations, banks, and utilities (to men- 
tion a few) may malfunction or stop 
working. And if this happens, it 
could mean big trouble for all of us. 

A little good news 

Thankfully, the outlook is not as 
bleak as it once appeared. Govern- 
ment and industry are at work on 
the problem. Recently, for example, 
President Clinton announced that 
the Social Security system is 100 
percent compliant with standards 
and safeguards for the year 2000. 
"The millennium bug will not delay 
the payment of Social Security checks 
by a single day," Clinton said. 

Nevertheless, some experts warn 
that all vital systems cannot be fixed 
by the end of this year. And since 
computer systems are interconnect- 
ed, those systems that aren't fixed 
could spread bad data and recorrupt 
those that have been repaired. 

So where do we stand? "The only 
certainty about the Year 2000 com- 
puter problem," says an unnamed 
writer on the Internet web site 

Christian Y2K, "is uncertainty itself 
We won't know how severe the Y2K 
disruptions may be until Jan. 1, 
2000. The very nature of the prob- 
lem is that it is impossible to pre- 
dict. If anyone says they know for 
certain what Y2K will bring, they are 
fooling you. No one knows for sure." 
In light of these uncertainties, 
what should we do? How can we 
prepare for Y2K? 

Become informed 

The first step to take is to become 
informed. Look into the issue for 
yourself You may decide that there 
is nothing to worry about and that 
no action is necessary. But before 
making that decision, study the issue 
so that it is an informed decision. 

A number of sources of informa- 
tion are available — newspaper arti- 
cles, magazine articles, and books 
(the problem with books, however, 
is that they are quickly out of date). 
But the best source of information 
is probably the Internet. Even if you 
don't own a computer, you can prob- 
ably access the Internet on a com- 
puter at your local public library. 

The advantage of the Internet is 
that information can be updated 
regularly, even daily. The disadvan- 
tages of the Internet are the sheer 
mass of information available and 
the fact that practically any nitwit 
can set up a web page and start 
spouting his or her views. 

A good place to begin your search 
on the Internet is with the Chris- 
tian Y2K web site (located at www. I liked this site 
because of the helpful way it defines 
the problem and because of the many 
links it provides to other web sites, 
both Christian and general. I would 
also recommend Christian Comput- 
ing magazine's coverage of Y2K (at, 
which takes a moderate view of the 
problem. See also www.y2ktoday. com, 
which presents up-to-date articles 
from national and international 

news. It is managed by a former 
head of the UPI Newswire service. 
And you might want to look at the 
Joseph Project 2000 web site (www. and the Red 
Cross web site ( 
From these you can find links to 
many other web sites and articles. 

A few guidelines should be fol- 
lowed as you look at information 
about Y2K. These apply whether you 
find your information in newspapers 
or magazines or on the Internet. 

(1) Don't look at just one source. 
Try to gain a balance. One source 
may scare you to death. Another 
may help to calm your fears. 

(2) Beware of information from 
sources that are trying to sell you 
something. If someone is trying to 
sell you freeze-dried food, for exam- 
ple, that person wants you to believe 
that you are going to need it. 

(3) Look for up-to-date informa- 
tion. Steve Hewitt of Christian 
Computing magazine notes that 
"Y2K is a technical problem and 
technology has always been a fast 
moving subject." Current articles 
and news releases are going to be 
more relevant than those written a 
year or more ago (which is why 
books are not the best source). 

(4) Take note of the bias of the 
source. For example, web sites that 
present selections of new articles on 
Y2K may only select articles that 
buttress a certain position. Look for 
sites that present articles represent- 
ing a variety of positions. 

(5) And finally, beware of those 
with psychological problems. This 
ranges from those who insist they 
are right despite all evidence to the 
contrary to those with all kinds of 
bizarre ideas. 

Taking action 

If you conclude from your reading 
that something may go wrong come 
January 1, 2000, the next step is to 
decide what you are going to do 
about it. This is a big step. Comput- 
er expert Ed Yourdon, who has writ- 
ten extensively about Y2K, refers to 
this step as a psychological "jump- 
ing-off point" — the point at which 
one's concern about the risks out- 
weighs one's concern that other 
people may look at you funny and 
consider you a fanatic. 

What steps you take depend on 

The Brethren Evangelist 

how bad you think it will be? Hear- 
ings conducted by the U.S. Senate 
Special Committee on the Year 2000 
Technology Problem have focused 
on eight potential problem areas. 

• Utilities and the national power 

• International banking and finance 

• Health care 

• Transportation 

• Telecommunications 

• Pension and mutual funds 

• Emergency planning 

• General business 

What this means in practical 
terms is that electrical power may 
be unavailable in some areas for a 
time. Manufacturing and produc- 
tion industries may be disrupted. 
Roads could be closed or gridlocked 
if traffic signals are disrupted. Elec- 
tronic credit card transactions may 
not be processed. Telephone sys- 
tems may not work. Pension checks 
may not arrive on time. 

Some easy steps 

The Red Cross has developed 
some easy steps we can take to pre- 
pare for possible disruptions. They 
include (for a complete list see www. 

1. Stocking a supply of water and 
non-perishable foods to last several 
days to a week and an ample supply 
of medications. The Red Cross does 
not recommend hoarding supplies. 

2. Having some extra cash on 
hand. Withdraw money in small 
amounts well in advance of the end 
of the year and keep it in a safe place. 

3. Filling your automobile gas 
tank before 12/31/99. 

4. Having extra blankets, coats, 
hats, and gloves to keep you warm, 
and plenty of flashlights and extra 
batteries. If you purchase an alter- 
native heating device, make sure it 
is approved for use indoors. 

5. Checking with emergency ser- 
vice providers in your community to 
see how your community is prepar- 
ing for any potential problems. 

6. Being prepared to relocate to a 
shelter for warmth and protection 
during a prolonged power outage. 

The Red Cross notes that these 
recommendations make good sense 
regardless of the potential problem. 
In fairness, it should also be noted 
that some people recommend going 
far beyond these "easy steps." 

Thoughts for the New Year: 

How would you change the world? 

The following brief article ap- 
peared in the newsletter of the 
Garber Brethren Church in Ash- 
land, Ohio. It was written by Pas- 
tor Jim Rowsey. It was printed in 
the July 1998 newsletter, but it 
seems appropriate for the New 
Year, as many of us take a fresh 
look at life. It is reprinted here 
with Rev. Rowsey 's permission. 

set out to change the world. 
Everyone agrees that the world 
needs changed! If you really took 
this world mess seriously and de- 
termined to do something about 
it, where would you begin? 

Would you start with the United 
Nations? Would you be allowed a 
hearing, and if you were, what 
changes would you really suggest? 
A new system — a new federation 
of nations — a new world govern- 
ment? You know instinctively that 
this is not the answer. 

Perhaps you would begin with 
Washington! Sometimes we think 
that a change there would wipe 
out the whole world mess in a 
brief time. But when we really 
think about it, we know that isn't 
true. Besides, what change would 
you really make? You could fire 

some people, but would it really 
make a basic change? Washington 
is smaller than the UN, but it is 
still a complicated situation. 

Maybe you would begin with 
your own town or city. Get next to 
the mayor, the council. Suppose 
you could. What would you say? 
What changes — really fundamen- 
tal changes — would you make? 

Well, how about your neigh- 
bors? Try to make them what they 
ought to be! Pretty presumptu- 
ous. You might create more prob- 
lems than you'd eliminate. When 
you think it through, you realize 
that the basic problem is not in 
systems or governments. The fun- 
damental need is the human 
heart — greed, selfishness, pride. 

And where do you begin to 
change that? Ultimately with 
yourself, of course. That's the 
place where any important change 
must begin. Become yourself what 
you ought to be, what others 
ought to be if they were like you. 
And the only way to have that 
change is to let Jesus Christ have 
control. Turn the controls over to 
Him and let Him love and forgive 
and care through you. Then you 
will begin to change — and the 
world will too! [1}"] 

Larry Burkett of Christian Finan- 
cial Concepts recommends the fol- 
lowing preparations with regards to 
financial and personal records. 

1. Keep printed copies of all finan- 
cial transactions: bank, insurance, 
money market funds, mutual funds, 
stocks, taxes, and the like. You may 
need these copies to verify financial 
claims if computer-based informa- 
tion becomes corrupted. 

2. Get a copy of your Earnings 
and Benefits Statement from Social 

3. Develop of list of other impor- 
tant records that could be lost dur- 
ing a computer failure — birth cer- 
tificate, school transcripts, medical 
history, immunization records — and 
get printed copies now. 

Please note that these suggestions 
are being offered at the start of 1999. 

We still have nearly a year to go. As 
the year progresses, it may become 
obvious that the Y2K "bugs" have 
been eradicated and that emergency 
measures are not necessary. Or it 
may become apparent that major 
problems can be expected and that 
we should prepare for the worst. It 
is important, therefore, that we stay 
informed in the months ahead. 

Finally, I would repeat the appeal 
I made on page 2: Don't panic. Begin 
making some modest preparations 
now (you can always use the extra 
food if you don't need it next Jan- 
uary). Strengthen your ties to other 
Christian brothers and sisters, who 
must also go through this uncertain 
time. And above all, remember that 
your Heavenly Father will be with 
you no matter what happens. [I]'] 

Next month, the church 's role in Y2K. 

January 1999 





HAVE YOU ever wanted to go on 
a missions trip but didn't feel 
as though you were ready? Or have 
you ever considered serving as a 
summer intern, but the thought of 
all that responsibility made you want 
to hide under the bed covers? 

If either of these situations de- 
scribes you, don't feel bad. All of us 
at some point in our lives feel un- 
prepared to do God's work! All of us 
worry about having enough wisdom 
to serve God, and we all fret about 
being able to share our faith without 
making fools of ourselves. 

But we're not alone! In fact, we 
are in great company. Even the 
Apostle Paul said, "When I came to 
you, brothers, I did not come with 
eloquence or superior wisdom as I 
proclaimed to you the testimony 
about God" (I Cor. 2:1, Niv). Jesus 
called fishermen to lay down their 
nets and follow Him, just as He calls 
us to lay down all the cares of our 
world and take up His cross. 

I'm sure James and John felt as 
unprepared to give up fishing and 
become disciples of the Greatest 
Teacher who ever lived as some of 
us are to serve as an associate pas- 

tor or to minister in Jamaica! But 
when God calls and we answer in 
faith. He gives us all the knowledge 
we could ever need to do His work! 
The Brethren Church needs com- 
mitted people to accept God's call to 
serve as interns, national crusaders, 
short-term mission team members, 
and district crusaders. Many of you 
have felt a call to ministry, but you 
aren't sure where you are to go or 
what you are being called to do. 
These denominational service pro- 
grams are perfect to help you dis- 
cern what God is calling you to do. 

A new dimension 

This year The Brethren Church 
will add a new dimension to the 
Summer Ministries program. It will 
be called Project Disciple. The pur- 
pose of Project Disciple will be to 
help prepare participants to serve 
God, so that they no longer have to 
worry about what they are to do and 
how they are to do it. 

Project Disciple will consist of a 
one-week training period for anyone 
serving in the Summer Ministries 
program. This includes those inter- 
ested in the national crusading pro- 

gram as well as those who want to 
serve as interns or as members of 
short-term missions teams. District 
crusaders are also welcome! 

The week will consist of three com- 
ponents: spiritual foundation, lead- 
ership preparation, and ministry 
identification. During the spiritual 
foundation portion of the training, 
you will be taught the biblical base 
of discipleship as well as some prac- 
tical ideas to improve your personal 
relationship with the Lord. You will 
learn the importance of basing every 
decision and action of your life on 
prayer. You vdll also learn how to 
practice other spiritual disciplines. 

Next you will be taught leadership 
in the style of the Greatest Leader 
who ever walked the earth — Jesus 
Christ! This component will empha- 
size the impact you can have as a 
servant leader It wdll also teach you 
to use the gifts God has given you in 
your ministry. 

The ministry identification por- 
tion of the week will help you look 
at the particular ministry in which 
you will be participating. It will then 
provide you training for the specific 
tasks and responsibilities you will 
face as you carry out that ministry. 

Our long-range goal is to train 
young people to be disciples of Jesus 
Christ and to empower them to go 
and spread the word of the Lord 
throughout our communities and 
schools. Their summer of service 
will be only the beginning of a life- 
long discipleship process. 

Project Disciple will be held in 
Ashland, Ohio, and is tentatively 
scheduled for May 23-28 and June 
13-18, 1999. Housing, meals, and 
materials will be provided. All you 
need to do is get here! 

Plans for 1999 Brethren Church 
Summer Ministries are now being 
finalized, and promotional materi- 
als will be mailed soon. If you are 
interested in any aspect of the Sum- 
mer Ministries progi'am or have any 
questions regarding Summer Min- 
istries, please contact Rev. David 
West or Jaime Gillespie at the Breth- 
ren Church National Office, 524 
College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 
(phone, 419-289-1708). [i>] 

Ms. Gillespie has been assisting 
with youth programming at The 
Brethren Church National Office. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



in the 

By Abby Mendelson 

YOUR CHURCH is a lot like your 
family. Just as intergenerational 
conflicts arise when your family 
gathers around the dinner table, so 
it is when your congregation comes 
together for business meetings. Age 
and youth, long-standing members 
and newcomers — all have different 
ideas about worship style, how 
funds should be used, and what pro- 
grams should be given priority. 
i How do you resolve these conflicts 
i without tearing your congregation 
apart? How do you use intergenera- 
tional conflicts to make your con- 
gregation stronger? Here are ten 
J suggestions. 

1. Admit that you need each 
other. Far too many congregations 
splinter, with older members (or 
lyounger ones) saying it's our way — 
or the highway. For congregations 
jto grow, age needs the energy and 
[vision for the future of youth; and 
'youth needs the wisdom and stabil- 
ity of age. 

2. Identify the areas of con- 
flict. Congregations often ignore 
conflicts, or assume that they'll dis- 
appear They don't! It takes work to 
resolve conflicts. The needs and 
preferences of others have validity 
and must be taken into considera- 
tion — even though these "other 

people" may be of a different age or 
new to the congregation. 

3. Listen. Listen to what is being 
said. Try to understand it as some- 
thing you might say if you were that 
person's age or had that person's 
needs. In other words, put yourself 
in that person's position. Just be- 
cause the nursery worked for your 
children 20 (or 50) years ago, for ex- 
ample, doesn't mean it doesn't need 
a thorough upgrade now. 

4. Remember what group you 
are addressing. Congregations de- 
velop a group identity, but newer 
members often have a consumer 
identity. They frequently are think- 
ing, "How will this benefit me?" If 
consumers don't find what they 
want, they leave. Do you want the 
future walking out the door? 

5. Recognize impact. Consider 
how change will affect your congre- 
gation before you embark on a new 
course. If, for example, you want 
to bring in young people, consider 
what changes they might demand — 
before their presence splits your 

6. Be aware when you are 
emotionally involved. Someone 
has said, "When people say, 'It's 
only the principle of the thing,' gen- 
erally it's their ego at stake." If you 

discover yourself saying this, it's 
time to back off and reflect. If you 
are leading the meeting, delegate 
your position to someone who isn't 
emotionally involved. 

7. Separate the issues. When 
people are troubled about one thing, 
they often confuse it with some- 
thing else. For example: Are you 
upset about the new youth leader 
because the building needs some 
cleaning after the youth group 
meets, or because there are a lot of 
new young faces in the congrega- 

8. Empower all parties in the 
conflict. People need to be part of 
the decision-making process. While 
you may find it difficult to share 
power with the younger or older or 
newer or longer-term members of 
the congregation, it must be done in 
order to resolve conflict. 

9. Search for common ground. 
Getting angry and arguing will not 
make the other person's point of 
view go away. At worst, your atti- 
tude could rend the congregation 
asunder Seek out those areas on 
which you agree, and work from 
there on those things about which 
you don't agree. 

10. Don't be afraid of media- 
tion — or of seeking outside coun- 
sel. Sometimes the only way out of 
an impasse is to bring in a neutral 
party to mediate. But mediation only 
works when both sides are willing to 
accept the process — and the agree- 
ment worked out by the mediator. 

Think about your congregation 
and the times when conflicts oc- 
curred. How many of these ten tech- 
niques were used? If they had been 
used, would they have helped? 

As congregations grow and as 
younger members become active in 
the church, change is inevitable. It 
is not possible for a congregation to 
grow and, at the same time, for one 
group to maintain control. Growth 
always involves giving up control. 
So be prepared: when growth occurs 
and new people and a new genera- 
tion come into your church, it will 
require changes in the way things 
are done! [1]'] 

This article was provided by Con- 
flict Resolution Center International, 
204 37th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 

January 1999 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Ashland Theological Seminary 
A spiritual community for equipping servant leaders 


Ashland Theological Seminary 
exists to equip men and women for 
ministry as servant leaders in the 
body of Christ and in the world 
at large. Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary carries out this equipping 
ministry by being a community that 
is committed to Scripture, academic 
excellence, spiritual formation, and 
practical training. 

Each year the faculty and admin- 
istration of the seminary take a 
fresh look at opportunities for min- 
istry within the framework of our 
Mission Statement. We desire to be 
true to core values that set us apart 
as an evangelical school anchored 
firmly to the Word of God. 

Forming a spiritual community in 
which persons can grow and mature 
in both their personal and their cor- 
porate lives is an integral part of our 
educational process. Seminary edu- 
cation involves not only the chal- 
lenge of the mind, but also the chal- 
lenges of the heart and soul. 


Accepting students into the 
academic program of the sem- 
inary is a complicated process. 
Not everyone who applies to the 
seminary is prepared for the rig- 
ors of academic training or spir- 
itual development that are part 
of the life of a student. 

The seminary tries to careful- 
ly evaluate the readiness of each 
candidate. Two important parts 
of this process are a self-evalua- 
tion by the student and a recom- 
mendation from a pastor who 
knows the student personally. 
The pastor's recommendation is 
also supported by other letters 
of reference. 

The seminary has a lasting 
commitment to serve The 
Brethren Church in the prepa- 

ration of its leaders. In part- 
nership with The Brethren 
Church, the seminary has es- 
tablished a scholarship endow- 
ment fund — to which many 
churches and individuals have 
contributed — that provides 
full-tuition scholarships to 
Brethren students who commit 
themselves to full-time pas- 
toral ministry. Substantial 
scholarships are also provided 
for Brethren students who will 
serve the church in other kinds 
of ministry. 


Another distinguishing char- 
acteristic of Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary is the way it 
reaches out to welcome students 
from other denominations. Each 
year students from across our na- 
tion and around the world choose to 
come to Ashland Seminary because 
of its firm commitment to the 
authenticity of Scripture. 

This year students from more than 
70 denominations and para-church 
organizations (such as Campus Cru- 

Brethren ATS faculty member Dr. Judy Alli- 
son chats with Brethren student (and former 
Brethren missionary) Tim Solomon. 

Dr. Frederick J. Finks, President, 
Ashland Theological Seminary 

sade, Inter-Varsity, Navigators, and 
Youth for Christ) chose to come to 
Ashland. Here they find an atmo- 
sphere of acceptance and a commu- 
nity of faith in which they can grow 
and develop as Christian leaders. 

At the same time, students from 
The Brethren Church find an atmo- 
sphere at the seminary in which 
they can explore what it means to be 
distinctively Brethren. Special 
courses in Brethren history, doc- 
trine, and polity help Brethren 
students understand where we 
have come from as a church and 
how to chart a course for the 
future. In addition, special gath- 
erings and spiritual formation 
groups designed solely for 
Brethren students help them 
explore the nature of the church 
and the essence of ministry 
among Brethren. 

With the Brethren National 
Office only a few blocks away, 
students have open access to de- 
nominational leaders. Coopera- 
tion between the National Office 
and the seminary has brought 
about the development of key 
programs that will strengthen 
local church ministries. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Dr. Richard Parrott (I.) and Dr. Terry Wardle 
will head the new Leadership Center at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 


Ashland Theological Seminary is 
committed to equipping men and 
women for effective church-plant- 
ing ministries. With the recent addi- 
tion of Dr Terry Wardle to the ATS 
faculty, the seminary now stands 
ready to launch a broad-based 
church development program that 
will assist individual churches with 
tools and training to increase the 
effectiveness of their ministries. 

The seminary's first Church 
Planting Assessment Program will 
be held January 18-23, 1999, on the 
ATS campus. The purpose of this 
assessment program is to serve as a 
resource of encouragement for can- 
didates desiring to serve in church- 
planting ministries. 

The core of this assessment pro- 
gram is the establishment of a spir- 
itual formation base from which 
candidates can draw on the strength 
of Christ throughout a lifetime of 
ministry. The program will include 
extensive use of assessment tools 
that will provide each candidate 
insight and information relevant 
to his or her potential for church- 
planting ministries. The week-long 
seminar will also present the 15 
principles of church planting devel- 
oped by Dr Wardle. 


Ashland Seminary has 
developed a new min- 
istry for renewal within 
the church based on a 
"strategy for change. " 

Throughout America 
countless numbers of 
churches seek faithfully 
to minister the Good 
News of Jesus Christ. 
Whether small or large, 
independent or denomi- 
national, these congrega- 
tions are made up of 
committed people and 
led by pastors who gen- 
uinely want to impact 
their communities for 
Christ. But many of 
these churches are strug- 
gling to grow and to ex- 
perience spiritual health. 
They find themselves in 

difficult situations that are, at 

times, very discouraging. 

In response to this growing crisis, 
ATS has established a program in 
Church Renewal and Redevelop- 
ment called Renewing Pastor and 
People. Designed as a ministry of 
growth and development for the 
local church, this new and exciting 
program will offer five modules over 
a 15-month period. The program 
will involve the pastor, the pastor's 
spouse, and up to five key lay people 
in a journey of self-discovery to help 
their churches grow as effective 
Christian congregations. 

The five modules are: 

♦ Developing as an Effective 
Pastoral Leader 

♦ The Spiritual Dimension of 

♦ Developing a Vibrant Philosophy 
of Ministry 

♦ Team Ministry 

♦ Evangelism that Touches Lives 

The total cost for this program of 
renewal, including pastoral assess- 
ment and materials for up to five 
lay persons, is $2,295.00. For Breth- 
ren churches the cost is reduced to 
$1,795. The first module is set for 
May 20-22, 1999, and will be limit- 
ed to 30 churches. Ten spaces have 
been reserved for Brethren churches 
on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Ashland Theological 

Committed to: 

♦ Scripture 

♦ Academic Excellence 

♦ Spiritual Formation 

♦ Practical Training 
^ ^ 


Ashland Theological Seminary is 
supported heavily by tuition. This 
means that students share the main 
burden of being trained for Chris- 
tian ministry. Even though many 
students receive support from their 
local churches or denominational 
agencies, others are faced with 
debts and loans. 

Brethren students find solid finan- 
cial support through endowed schol- 
arships funded by churches and car- 
ing individuals. The seminary has 
made providing scholarship support 
as one of its main objectives as we 
approach the twenty-first century. 

Crucial to the program of the 
seminary is the Fair Share support 
of every Brethren church. Annually, 
Brethren support the work and 
ministry of the seminary through 
the General Conference approved 
Fair Share plan. Churches that can 
not budget such funds often take up 
a special offering in January. 

We at the seminary wish to ex- 
press our deepest appreciation to 
everyone who supports our min- 
istry. This includes alumni, parents, 
churches, and individuals. 

For more information on how you 
can become a vital part of the life of 
ATS, call or write: 

Dr. Leroy Solomon, Dean of In- 
stitutional Development, Ashland 
Theological Seminary, 910 Center 
Street, Ashland, OH 44805; phone 
419-289-5906. [^} 

Januahy 1999 


In Memory 

Rev. Robert L. Stafford, 47, of 

Walkerton, Ind., died December 13, 
1998, following an extended bout 
with cancer. 

Rev. Stafford 

served as a 


pastor from 

1987 until 

1993, when 

cancer forced 

him to retire. 

He continued 

to minister 

by e-mail and 

over the Internet, becoming "Cyber 

Pastor" to people around the world. 

Born May 20, 1951, in Kalamazoo, 
Mich., he attended St. Paul (Minn.) 
Bible College. He served as pastor of 
the Maplewood Christian and Mis- 
sionary Alliance congregation in St. 
Paul, Minn., from 1979 to 1983 and 
was ordained by the Christian and 
Missionary Alliance in 1981. He 
then served the Neighborhood 
Church in Plymouth, Ind., from 
1983 to 1985 and the Teegarden 
First Brethren Church near Lapaz, 
Ind., from 1987 to 1993. His ordina- 
tion was recognized in The Breth- 
ren Church in 1989. 

In 1971 he married Sherry Vissch- 
er of Fremont, Mich., who survives 
him. Also surviving are their two 
children, Amanda and Thomas, 
both of Teegarden. 

Services were held December 16 at 
the County Line Brethren Church, 
Lakeville, Ind., with Brethren Elder 
Steve Barber assisting. 

An article by Rev. Stafford ap- 
peared posthumously in the Decem- 
ber Evangelist. Brother Stafford 
passed away after that issue of the 
newsletter went to press. [i}"] 


Levittown Brethren demonstrate God's lovei 
by providing free gift-wrapping at local mall I 

Levittown, Pa. — Members of the 
Fairless Hills-Levittown Brethren 
Church demonstrated God's love to 
their community on Sunday, Decem- 
ber 6, by wrapping Christmas gifts 
for free at a local mall. 

Many people were surprised to see 
the sign that read "Free Gift Wrap- 
ping." In fact, some found it hard to 
believe that it was really free. But 
the Levittown Brethren soon had 
them convinced. Not only did they 
wrap gifts, but 
they also gave 
away copies of 
children's Bible 
story books. More 
than 200 books 
were given out, 
each containing a 
card giving the 
name, address, 
and phone num- 
ber of the church. 

A number of 
people from the 
church helped with 
the gift-wrapping. 
They ranged in 
age from teens to 
an 80-year-old. 
They wrapped more 

than 350 gifts and served more than 
200 people. "It was wonderful to see 
the love of God in action," said Rev. 
Jim Kirkendall, pastor of the con- 
gregation. "Praise to God for this 
opportunity to show His love to 
others," he added. 

This was the first "Servant Evan- 
gelism" project of the church, but it 
won't be the last. Another project is 
planned for February. ['ij'] 

— reported by Pastor Jim Kirkendall 

Five of the "Sen'ant Evangelism " gift-wrappers from the] 
Fairless Hills-Levittown Brethren Church are (I. to r) Judy\ 
Kirkendall, Jackie Mentzer Candace Papieredin, Alice Zim-\ 
merman, and Pat McFarland. I 

Fourth volume to Brethren 
Encyclopedia now in progress 

Ashland, Ohio — Work is progress- 
ing on a fourth volume to The Breth- 
ren Encyclopedia, to supplement the 
original three volumes completed 
more than 15 years ago. 

The new volume will have three 
major parts: articles on new develop- 
ments in the Brethren groups since 
1980; corrections to the first three vol- 
umes; and a comprehensive index of all 
four volumes. Topics for new articles 
were assigned in 1997, and most have 
been completed. A number of Brethren 
Church people wrote articles. 

Carl Bowman, sociology professor at 
Bridgewater College, and Donald 
Durnbaugh, Brethren historian and 
archivist at Juniata College, are serv- 
ing as co-editors. Bradley Weidenhamer 
and Dale Stoffer represent The Breth- 
ren Church on the Editorial Board. 

Brethren can assist with this pro- 
ject in several ways. First, if you are 
aware of any corrections or additions 
that need to be made to the first three 
volumes, please contact either Brad- 
ley Weidenhamer or Dale Stoffer at 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Second, consider making a donation 
to help defray costs of publishing the 
fourth volume. Congregations or indi- 
viduals that contribute $1,000 will re- 
ceive a complimentary set of the four 
volumes, and those that contribute 
$500 will receive a copy of the fourth 
volume. Pledges and contributions 
may be sent to Brethren Encyclope- 
dia, Inc., at the address below. 

Third, if you do not own The Breth- 
ren Encyclopedia, consider purchasing 
all four volumes. Or purchase volume 
four if you already have the rest of the 
set. For information, contact Brethren 
Encyclopedia, Inc., 313 Fairview Ave., 
Ambler, PA 19002-4307. [D'] 

The Brethren Evangelis'^I 

County Line Brethren Church says farewell 
as Pastor Carl M. Phillips enters chaplaincy 

Lakeville, Ind. — 

The members of the 
County Line Brethren 
Church held a sur- 
prise dinner on No- 
vember 1 for Pastor 
Carl M. PhiUips and 
his family. It was a 
time to express ap- 
preciation to Pastor 
Phillips for his eight 
years of excellent ser- 
vice to the church and 
to wish him and his 
family well as Pastor 
Phillips takes up his 
new calling as a chap- ^;^^"^^^ ^"^'fj 
lain in the Air Force. ^ 

A family in the church invited 
Rev. Phillips, his wife Deanna, and 
their children to go for a drive and 
then for dinner on Sunday evening, 
November 1. While the two families 
were enjoying the drive, church 

(k), an Air Force veteran, introduces future 
Phillips to the rigors of military life. 

members and friends were gather- 
ing in the church basement to pre- 
pare a carry-in dinner and the spe- 
cial occasion. 

At 5:00 p.m. the two families re- 
turned to the church building, where 

Rajahmundry, India — Brethren missionaries Nirmala and K. Pj-as- 
anth Kumar stand beside a new van recently acquired by Brethren Mis- 
sion in India. The van was purchased with money donated by the Central 
District Mission Board of The Brethren Church in the U.S.A. According 
to Dr. Kumar, the new van is a Tempo Traveller. Tempos are manufac- 
tured in India and are built tough to withstand the punishment of the 
rough Indian roads. Brethren Mission will use the van for a variety of 
purposes — conveying people and equipment to evangelistic campaigns 
and training seminars, transporting building teams to church and 
prayer hut building sites, and taking the World Relief-sponsored mobile 
medical clinic to the villages. 


Carl and Deanna were blindfolded 
and led into the basement. When 
the blindfolds were removed, the 
first thing they saw was the entire 
congregation standing at attention, 
greeting them with a full military 

Then Denise Ford, an Air Force 
veteran, endeavored to introduce 
Pastor Phillips to the basic require- 
ments of military life — standing at 
attention, marching, listening to the 
instructions of the drill master, and, 
of course, doing push-ups for any 
violation of proper procedure. Only 
when Pastor Phillips had become 
proficient in the drill was everyone 
allowed to eat. The excellent and 
bountiful meal was worth waiting 
for and was enjoyed by all. 

After the meal, a contest was held 
to see who could make a paper plane 
that would fly the farthest. Then 
James Ford, moderator of the con- 
gregation, presented the Phillips 
family with a money tree. And Jill 
Anderson gave a very gifted presen- 
tation of the song "Thank you" by 
Ray Boltz. There were many tears 
as the congregation and pastoral 
family said farewell. 

On December 15 the Phillips fam- 
ily moved to Belleville, 111., where 
Rev. Phillips begins his training to 
become a chaplain. 

— reported by Helen Dickson 

In Memory 

Robert J. "Mac" McKinney, 79, 

a member since 1957 of the Tuc- 
son, Ariz., First Brethren Church, 
died October 19, 1998. He served 
the church faithfully in many ca- 
pacities — as deacon, trustee, and 
on the Southwest District camp 
committee. He was also a member 
for several years of the national 
Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church. A memorial service was 
held October 23 at the Tucson 
First Brethren Church with Pastor 
Roger Stogsdill officiating. [1]'] 

January 1999 


^^ r\d th e 

World Relief success story: 
Children saved in Cambodia 

Wheaton, 111. — U.S. churches suc- 
cessfully salvaged a program that 
ministers to Cambodian children, 
thus saving the lives of an estimat- 
ed 4,000 children over the next four 

Last year. World Relief was ready 
to begin work in an area of Cambo- 
dia with high childhood death rates. 
But a coup in Cambodia led the U.S. 
government to temporarily withhold 
new grants in aid for that country. 
As a result, World Relief did not 
receive expected funds, and it ap- 
peared the program would falter. 

But instead, American churches, 
responding to a challenge from 
World Relief president Clive Calver, 
raised $261,000 to ensure that the 
program could begin, so that hun- 
dreds of children would not die 
while the program sat on hold for a 

With some stability returning to 
Cambodia's political scene, World 
Relief recently received the delayed 
$1 million grant from the U.S. 
Agency for International Develop- 
ment (USAJD) to carry on the work 
already well underway, thanks to 
U.S. churches. "In this instance, 
churches have shown just how large 
a difference we can make when we 
stand together," Clive Calver said. 

The goal of the program is to 
reduce deaths and disease among 
27,149 children and 14,347 mothers 
in the Cambodian province of Kom- 
pong Cham. Part of the four-year 
agreement with USAID is that 
World Relief raise an additional 
$383,000 from other sources. 

World Relief belongs to the 43,000 
churches that make up the Nation- 
al Association of Evangelicals. The 
120 congregations of The Brethren 
Church are among that 43,000. Breth- 
ren contributions to World Relief 
help support life-saving programs 
like this one in Cambodia. [D"] 

Brethren Church in Argentina uses funds 
from World Relief to aid victims of floods 

Buenos Aires, Argentina — The 

Brethren Church in Argentina has 
been helping to meet the needs of 
some of the many thousands of peo- 
ple in Argentina whose lives were 
devastated by floods that occurred 
during the early months of 1998. 
Senor Jose Rivero, President of the 
National Committee of the Argentine 
Brethren Church, reports on their 
relief efforts, which were made pos- 
sible by a grant of $49,240 from 
World Relief Corporation of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals. 

Sr. Rivero applied for funds from 
World Relief while he was in the 
United States last summer for the 
Brethren World Assembly and for 
General Conference. World Relief 
provided an initial amount of 
$15,000 in August. Shortly after he 
returned to Argentina following 
General Conference, Sr. Rivero trav- 
eled to Villa Constitucion in Santa 
Fe Province (one of four provinces 
hit by flooding) to coordinate the re- 
lief effort. 

He reports that the leaders of the 
Brethren churches there, with the 
help of other brethren, worked long 
hours preparing food, selecting 
clothes and shoes, and directing 
deliveries. As a result, thousands of 
needy people were helped. The mer- 
chants in that area were moved by 
their example. Not only did they 
offer the best possible prices for 
food and other necessities, but they 
also facilitated deliveries, provided 
vehicles and personnel, and added 
their own donations to the purchases. 
In addition to the funds from World 
Relief, evangelical literature valued 
at $2,550 was received from the Na- 
tional Bible Society. This literature 
was handed out at every opportunity. 

Relief efforts were also carried out 
in Corrientes Province, where a 
Committee of Pastors for Aid to 
Flood Victims used World Relief 
funds to purchase food, clothes, 
shoes, and construction materials 
for distribution. On December 3 the 
relief efforts got a boost from the 
Argentine Coast Guard. The Coast 
Guard provided two launches and 
four guardsmen to operate them. 

The launches were used to trans- 
port aid to flood victims living on is- 
lands and other areas cut off by the 
floods. Sr Rivero notes that he hadi 
the "opportunity" to spend a 14- 
hour day helping with this project. 

Sr Rivero has received positive 
feedback from local political leaders, 
top officers in the Coast Guard, and 
local merchants, who have all recog- 
nized the importance of the aid re- 
ceived from World Relief They be- 
lieve that these relief efforts were 
successful in averting outbreaks of 
violence that would probably have 
occurred because of the distress 
that so many people were suffering. 

Sr Rivero writes, "The Brethren 
Church from the U.S.A. together with 
Argentina has received an impor- 
tant contribution from World Relief, 
which has permitted the coordina- 
tion of this social assistance activity, 
with such positive results." [1}] 



(The Brethren) 




Vol.121, No. 2 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

February 1999 

Making Every Day Valentine's Day 

we celebrate Valentine's Day, that 
wonderful opportunity we have to 
tell the people who matter to us most 
how much we care for them. Isn't it 
odd that we need a day on which to 
do this? On the other hand, when we 
consider what a fast-paced world we 
live in, maybe it isn't so odd after all. 

It is so easy for us to think that a 
brief smile, a few minutes of hectic 
conversation, a quick "I love you" as 
we walk out the door are enough to 
keep a relationship going. The high 
rate of divorce, the increase in vio- 
lence all around us, the unhappi- 
ness of so many people every day 
make the point that we need a 
Valentine' s Day. That way at least 
once a year we are prompted to say 
something nice to others. 

The Apostle Paul talks about love 
in this way: Love must be sincere. 
Hate what is evil; cling to what is 
good. Be devoted to one another in 
brotherly love. Honor one another 
above yourselves. Never be lacking 
in zeal, but keep your spiritual fer- 
vor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in 
hope, patient in affliction, faithful in 
prayer. Share with God's people who 
are in need. Practice hospitality 
(Rom. 12:9-13, NIV). 

Paul says that love must be sin- 
cere. What does he mean by that? 
Webster says that sincere means 
"being in inward reality or intent 
the same as in outward appear- 
ance." So being sincere means that 
we intentionally act the way we in- 
tentionally feel and believe. 

Do you remember when you were 
a child and you gave a Valentine's 
card to every student in your class? 
Was that sincere? Remember when 
you told your son or daughter that 

By G. Emery Hurd 

you would play with them some- 
time? Was that sincere? Remember 
when your spouse tried to talk to 
you, and you said you were listening 
but continued to watch television at 
the same time? Was that sincere? 

Requirements of sincere love 

Sincere love takes time. There is 
no such thing as quality time with- 
out lots of quantity time. Sincere 
love also takes planning. We need to 
schedule time for our spouse, our 
children, and God. If we don't plan 
our lives so that we can spend blocks 
of time regularly with God, spouse, 
and children, we may say we love 
them, but are we sincere? 

Sincere love takes energy. Loving 
someone well is hard work. Scripture 
says we must be devoted to one an- 
other, honor one another, exhibit joy, 
patience, and faithfulness. We must 
be as intentional about loving peo- 
ple as we are about loving the stuff 
around us. Isn't it amazing that God 
calls us to love people and use things, 
but that we do just the opposite? 
Sincere love is not some warm, 
mushy feeling. It is an act of the will, 
a decision to make the effort and 

take the time to care, even when 
doing so isn't easy or convenient. 

Sincere love takes practice. Paul 
says that we should practice hospi- 
tality. Hospitality doesn't come nat- 
urally to most of us. We have to 
make an effort. It's like learning a 
new habit. We must intentionally 
choose to say the words and do the 
acts of kindness in order to commu- 
nicate our love in a relationship. 

Sincere love also means sacrifice. 
For our Lord, sacrifice meant dying 
on the cross. For us, sacrifice gener- 
ally means far less. It may mean giv- 
ing up a golf game or a favorite TV 
program. We say we love, but how 
much are we willing — really will- 
ing — to sacrifice for those we love? 
We live in a selfish world, and it is so 
easy for us to become selfish as well. 
We end up substituting cheap plati- 
tudes and cards for real love. 

I encourage each of us to see Val- 
entine's Day not as a day on which 
to remember those we love, but as 
a day to remind us that we need 
to love them every day! ["t}] 

Rev. Hurd is pastor of the Cheyenne, 
Wye., Brethren Church. This article ap- 
peared in the Februaiy 1997 issue of his 
church 's newsletter and is reprinted here 
with his permission. 

Inside this issue 

A denominational data banl< 


Love for a lifetime 


The church's role in Y2K 


Myths about lay ministry 


1999 Summer Ministries 


Personal evangelism 


Around the denomination 


Constructing a denominational data bank of abilities and skills 

All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded. (Exodus 35; 10) 

When we read in Exodus 35 of the construction of the Tabernacle and in Nehemiah chapters 3-5 of the 
rebuilding of Jerusalem, one thing is amazingly clear: even the manual work of God requires the use of many di- 
verse skills, talents, and gifts in order for the work to be completed. The National Laymen's Organization of The 
Brethren Church would like to help this biblical practice become an integral part of ministry among the Brethren. A 
denomination-wide data bank is to be constructed containing the names and skills of men and women willing to 
make themselves available for a cooperative labor ministry. This information will allow Brethren to rally around the 
call for help that we all need from time to time. 

The following information is needed in order to construct the data bank. If you would like to participate in this 
ministry, please fill out this form. (You must be at least 12 years of age.) 




City, State, Zip: 

Church and District: 

Number of days you might be available to work in a year: 

Are you retired? Yes No (circle one) 

Your Abilities and Skill Levels 

Use checkmarks ( >/ ) to indicate your abilities, then circle one of the numbers to indicate your skill level in each 
ability. Use these criteria to determine your skill level: 1 = professional (licensed) with leadership ability; 2 = highly 
skilled with leadership ability; 3 = highly skilled; 4 = can work with minimal guidance; 5 = can work with guidance. 

Rough carpentry 12 3 4 5 

HVAC 12 3 4 5 

Roofing 12 3 4 5 

Landscaping 12 3 4 5 

Finish carpentry 12 3 4 5 

Plumbing 12 3 4 5 

Cement/concrete 12 3 4 5 

Laying carpet 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

Equipment operator and other abilities: (write in ability and circle level of skill) 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

12 3 4 5 

Send completed form to: Dorman Ronk, 1325 Coachman Court, Ashland, OH 44805 

The Brethren Evangelist (ISSN 0747-4288) 
Is published monthly (except July and August 
issues are combined) by The Brethren Church, 
Inc., 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805-3792 
(telephone: 419-289-1708; fax; 419-281-0450; 
e-mail; Authors' views are 
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The Brethren Evangelist 

Love for a Lifetime 

By Dan Laws on 

If a couple has been married for 
more than five years, any persis- 
tent disharmony in their marriage 
is usually attributed to the hus- 
band's lack of understanding and 
applying genuine love. 

Gary Smalley 

can be defined as the absence 
of any unsettled offenses between 
husband and wife. Notice that it 
does not mean the absence of 
offenses, but the absence of any 
unsettled offenses. 

Arguments in marriage may 
come and go, but that does not 
mean that they have been settled. 
One husband commented that 
when he and his wife disagree, she 
becomes historical. I said, "Don't 
you mean hysterical?" He said, 
"No, I mean historical. She dredges 
up all of the arguments we have 
ever had." This illustrates the fact 
that arguments will come back to 
haunt us if we do not resolve our 

Be kind one to another 

The Apostle Paul tells us to Get 
rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, 
brawling and slander, along with 
every form of malice. Be kind and 
compassionate to one another, for- 
giving each other, just as in Christ 
God forgave you (Eph 4:31, 32). 
This means that we need to be 
patient with one another in order 
to resolve our conflicts, even if 
there are repeated offenses. 

Occasionally, when I have an 
early-morning meeting, I leave the 
house before my wife gets up. 
When my wife sees me later in the 
day, she will greet me with that 
inevitable question, "Did you wear 
THAT today?" Her reference is 
always to some combination of 
stripes and plaids that I picked out 
that morning. This has happened 

so frequently that I have often 
been tempted to respond sarcasti- 
cally, "No, Honey, I saw you com- 
ing, so I ran upstairs and put this 
on just to tick you off!" I am happy 
to say that wisdom has always got- 
ten the better of me, and my re- 
sponse is usually a casual, "Yeah, 
what's wrong with it?" 


She immediately asks, "Who 
were you with today?" When I 
reply, she immediately goes to the 
desk and begins to write notes of 
apology to all the people I may 
have encountered: Dear so and so. 
Please forgive Dan for his appear- 
ance today. He left the house before 
I could dress him. 

I am happy to say that we laugh 
about these situations. At the 
same time, I have to admit that my 
wife has resorted to putting little 
identification tags on my clothes 
so that I can tell which shirts go 
with what pants. 

Respect one another 

In Ephesians 5:29, the Apostle 
Paul exhorts us: Do not let any un- 
wholesome talk come out of your 
mouths but only what is helpful for 
building others up according to 
their needs, that it may benefit 
those who listen. It is not enough 
simply to stop saying hurtful and 

argumentative things to one an- 
other. In marriage we need to 
make it a constant practice to say 
things to each other that are posi- 
tive and uplifting. No other per- 
son, including yourself, should 
receive more consideration and re- 
spect from you than the considera- 
tion and respect that you show to 
your spouse. What this means is 
that in all we say and do, we must 
put Christ first, spouse second, 
others third, and self last. 

What would Jesus do? 

Recently the phrase "What 
would Jesus do?" has popped up 
everywhere — on everything from 
billboards to bracelets. It is a great 
concept. It reminds us that in 
every situation we should stop and 
ask ourselves, "What would Jesus 
do if He were in my place." 

This same concept should be 
adapted and applied to marriage. 
In every situation we should also 
stop and ask ourselves, "What 
would my spouse think about 

This simple practice can work 
wonders as a means of keeping our 
marriages in perspective. Not only 
should we conduct ourselves in 
such a way as to please Christ, but 
also in such a way as to promote 
ever-increasing confidence in us 
by our spouse. Our every word and 
action should seek to prove that 
we are worthy not only of Christ's 
love, but also the love of our mate. 

My wife jokingly reminds me 
what my priorities should be when 
she tells me, "Honey, if your eye 
offends me, I'll pluck it out." This 
is her sweet little way of letting 
me know that, after my devotion 
to Christ, she should be first in my 

When we do everything in our 
power to keep these two priorities 
straight in our marriages — Christ 
first, spouse second — the only out- 
come can be a beautiful, lasting 
love that fills a lifetime. [1]"] 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles 
in which he applies Bible truths to 
our personal lives. 

February 1999 

The Church's Role in Y2K 

By Richard Winfield, Editor 



Two ARTICLES in last month's 
issue of the Evangelist dealt 
with the Year 2000 computer prob- 
lem — often called the Y2K problem 
or simply Y2K. Briefly stated, the 
problem is that many computers 
and computer software applications 
are not capable of recognizing the 
year 2000. 

If the problem is not solved by 
the end of this year, governments, 
banks, major corporations, small 
businesses, and other entities de- 
pendent on computers could be crip- 
pled. This could possibly result in 
electric power outages, breakdown 
of communications, and disrup- 
tion of the supply chain that 
transports food and other ma- 
terial goods to local stores. 

The second article in last 
month's issue, "How to pre- 
pare for Y2K," looked at ways 
we as individuals can prepare 
for disruptions that may occur 
because of the Y2K problem. But 
what about churches — local congie- 
gations? Do they have a role to play 
in dealing with the Y2K problem. I 
believe that they do. 

Caring for itself 

First of all, a local congregation 
will want to look at its own needs. If 
the church has computers, these 
will need to be checked to make sure 
that they and the software they use 
are Y2K compliant. Otherwise, val- 
uable membership records, financial 
data, and other information could 
be lost. In some cases, a church may 
need to buy a new computer and/or 
updated software. 

The phone system, copier, and 
other pieces of electronic equipment 
(including electronic thermostats) 
may need to be checked to deter- 
mine if they rely on date- sensitive 
embedded computer chips for their 
operation. Church boards need to be 
prepared to make the outlay of 
money that this will require. (If it's 
any comfort, AT&T spent $100 mil- 
lion in 1997 alone in an attempt to 

fix its problem.) Also, as a precau- 
tion, the church should make print- 
ed copies of critical documents, 
membership lists, etc., that could be 
lost if computers fail. 

Caring for members 

Having looked to its own affairs, 
the local church also has a responsi- 
bility to its members. At the very 
least, church members should be 

that po- 
exist and 
aged to become in- 
formed and to take appropriate ac- 
tion (much as I suggested in last 
month's article). Church leaders 
need to recognize, however, that not 
everyone in the congi'egation has 
the means, time, and ability to 
study this issue. Furthermore, more 
information about Y2K is being 
made available than any one person 
can read, let alone absorb. 

Therefore, the church should con- 
sider setting up a Y2K study com- 
mittee to research the issue and to 
share information with members. 
This committee should read widely 
and attempt to present a balanced 
point of view. The Internet website 
Christian Y2K warns, "Be very 
careful in evaluating claims of pai"- 
ties who claim either final wisdom 

or divine revelation about Y2K. 
Christians who make specific pre- 
dictions connecting current events 
to Bible prophecy place the credibil- 
ity of the Gospel at risk." 

But providing information may 
not be enough. As this committee 
studies the issue, it may become 
convinced that action is necessary. 
In such a case, the church may want 
to take the next step and establish a 
Y2K preparedness committee. The 
purpose of this committee would be 
threefold: (1) to advise members on 
how to prepare; (2) to provide help 
to those members (the elderly, hand- 
icapped, and people of limited 
means) who are unable to prepare 
on their own; and (3) to organize the 
church itself as a relief center to 
help those in need. (For example, 
the church might want to store 
elk, water and set up a food bank, if 

*^ doing so is deemed necessary.) 

In doing its work, this commit- 

' tee will want to draw on the skills 
and resources of the members of 
the congregation. For example, if it 
appears that water will be a prob- 
lem, the committee might want to 
find members who have wells and 
consider installing hand pumps. 

Caring for the community 

The church also needs to look be- 
yond itself and its members to the 
community of which it is a part. 
This is best done by working with 
other churches in the community 
through the local ministerial associ- 
ation or fellowship of churches, if 
these exist. 

There are several advantages to 
working with other churches. More 
can be accomplished through a co- 
operative effort. A combined effort 
helps to eliminate redundancy. For 
example, it would be better for one 
or two representatives of the minis- 
terial association to contact area 
utilities to see if they are Y2K com- 
pliant rather than for a representa- 
tive from every local church to make 
that contact. And an association of 
churches has more clout in encour- 
aging community action than one 
church would have. 

Such a group might want to work 
with community leaders in setting 
up an emergency center where peo- 
ple can gather if electric goes off 
resulting in lack of heat in homes. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

(Obviously, such a center would need 
its own generator and heat source.) 
Representatives of this association 
of churches might also want to meet 
with administrators of local nursing 
homes to see if they are prepared for 
Y2K and to find out how churches 
can help. 

Caring for spiritual needs 

The church should also see Y2K 
as an opportunity to meet the spiri- 
tual needs of those outside the 
church. Many people are concerned 
about what will happen to them and 
their families at the beginning of 
next year. Fear, uncertainty, and the 
possibility of food and water short- 
ages are causing people to look for 
answers. Someone has suggested 
that Y2K could cause more people to 
be receptive to the message of the 

church than any other event in the 
last 100 years. 

In our attempts to minister to the 
unchurched, we must be careful, 
however, that we do not contribute 
to the fear and uncertainty people 
are already experiencing. Steve 
Hewitt, editor of Christian Comput- 
ing magazine, blames some in the 
church for sensationalizing Y2K. He 
says, "While Christian leadership is 
not solely responsible for spreading 
the Y2K fear, they are the leaders." 
Elsewhere Hewitt warns that "we 
will not see a REAL revival [in our 
nation] by using outdated Y2K facts 
to try to scare everyone to church!" 

We can minister most effectively 
to the spiritual needs of others in 
three ways: (1) by our calm assur- 
ance that God will see us through 
this crisis; (2) by sharing with them 

how they can have this assurance by 
trusting in God; (3) by demonstrat- 
ing Christ's love in tangible ways by 
helping to meeting their physical 
needs if such help is needed. 

Former Brethren missionary Jan 
Solomon, who has studied Y2K 
extensively, sums it up well. She 
writes, "The Brethren have histori- 
cally been known as a people who 
lend a hand of mercy in troubled 
times. By preparing in advance [for 
Y2K], we, along with other commu- 
nity churches and organizations, can 
put ourselves in a position to help 
with spiritual as well as physical 
needs. And what a joy it would be, if 
the crisis is not as serious as the ex- 
perts anticipate, to be able to give 
[unused Y2K emergency supplies] 
to those in need, who are, as Jesus 
said, "always among us." [U'] 


Four Myths About Lay Ministry 

By Eddy Hall and Gary Morsch 



IN THE 1950s, Elton Trueblood 
wrote, "If the average church 
should suddenly take seriously the 
notion that every laymember — man 
or woman — is really a minister of 
Christ, we could have something like 
a revolution in a very short time."* 

A growing number of churches 
are now experiencing this revolu- 
tion. But in most churches, most 
members still don't see themselves 
as ministers. As a result, church 
staff are overburdened while many 
members feel sidelined. 

What is keeping Trueblood's revo- 
lution from sweeping through all 
our churches? For centuries, the 
church has divided Christians into 
two distinct groups — the ministers 
(clergy) and those ministered to 
(laity). This division has been main- 
tained by four ministry myths — un- 
biblical beliefs about ministry that 
have shaped how most Christians 
approach ministry. Before the revo- 

*Elton Trueblood, Your Other Vocation 
(New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952), p 9. 

lution can come to your church, 
these four ministry myths must be 
exposed and corrected. 

Ministry is just for "ministers" 

God calls certain people to positions 
of church leadership, and their role 
is essential. But in describing the 
call of leaders. Scripture doesn't single 
them out as the "ministers." Rather, 
it emphasizes the ministry of all be- 
lievers: "The gifts he gave were that 
some would be apostles, some prophets, 
some pastors and teachers, to equip 
the saints for the work of ministry" 
(Eph. 4: 12, NRSV, emphasis added). 

Our friend Mark knew that all 
Christians are called to minister, 
but he bought into the version of 
this mjd;h that says that God can 
best use those in professional min- 
istry. Wanting God's best, he quit 
his job, went to seminary, then 
joined a church staff 

In his new job, Mark quickly dis- 
covered that his gift was not admin- 
istration. "I'm most effective in one- 

on-one ministry," he explains. "And 
rather than coordinating existing 
ministries, I'd rather be bringing 
new people in. I thought joining a 
church staff would give me more 
freedom, but in reality it limited 
how much time I could spend doing 
what I do best." Even though he 
knew some people would think he 
was settling for "God's second best," 
Mark resigned from the church staff 
and went into insurance. 

"Though I didn't realize it when I 
started," Mark says, "insurance is a 
perfect job for someone who wants 
to work with hurting people. When- 
ever a client loses a spouse, I get a 
phone call. When any of my clients 
divorce, they come to me to change 
their insurance papers. And when- 
ever one of them has a car accident, 
a fire, or a serious illness covered by 
insurance, the client comes to see me. 
Just a few weeks ago I told my wife 
that I've never before felt God using 
me in ministry like I have lately." 

Only when Mark understood that 
God could use him more effectively 
in the business world than on a 
church staff was God able to put 
Mark's ministry gifts to fullest use. 

MYTH #2: 

Ministry refers only 

to meeting spiritual needs 

When I (Eddy) was in college, I 
would sometimes go to a park on 

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WHAT WILL YOU DO this sum- 
mer to change someone's life? 
No answer? Then let me give you 
some help. This year The Brethren 
Church Summer Ministries Pro- 
gram is offering a variety of oppor- 
tunities which will not only change 
another person's life, but will also 
change yours forever! 

Imagine yourself on an Apache 
reservation in Arizona witnessing to 
a Native American child who has 
never heard of Jesus Christ, and 
then lending your hand to a con- 
struction project on the reservation. 
Or picture yourself on the historic 
battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, fighting a battle against home- 
lessness and poverty. These and many 
other opportunities await you! 

In addition to short-term missions 
trips, the Summer Ministries Pro- 
gram also offers work trips, summer 
internships. National Ministry teams, 
District Crusader teams, and oppor- 
tunities to work with Spearhead in 
Mexico. These opportunities are not 
just for young people! Adults are 
more than welcome to participate in 
the internship program, and also in 
the short-term missions and work 
trips! Team leaders, who must be at 
least 22 years old, are also needed 
for some trips. 

Short Term Missions 
and Work Trips 
Baja Peninsula, Mexico, July 
8-20. In conjunction with Missions 
Travel Network and Gospel Record- 
ings, you can travel to Mexico, where 
you will be trained as a pioneer 
diagnostician. You will take Gospel 
Recordings (and in some cases 
wind-up tape players) to indigenous 

people groups who have never heard 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This trip 
is open to anyone who has complet- 
ed 7th grade. The cost is only $790, 
which includes airfare. 

Mexico City, Mexico, dates to 
be announced. Working in cooper- 
ation with Brethren Missionaries 
Todd and Tracy Ruggles and also 
Brethren Spearhead team leader 
Jennifer Thomas, members of this 
team will share their faith with 
Mexican families and children. 
Drama, puppet ministries, and films 
will be used to minister to people in 
Mexico City. The team will also work 
on a construction project. This trip 
is for anyone who has completed 
10th grade and older. The cost of 
this trip has yet to be determined. 

Jamaica, July 5-16. For this trip, 
we will partner with Christian Ser- 
vice International to send a team to 
witness in Jamaica. The team w\\\ 
help with a vacation Bible school and 
also do street evangelism, reaching 
between 1,200 and 1,500 children 
with the Gospel. The cost of this trip 
will be $770 plus airfare. It is open 
to anyone who has completed 10th 
grade. For an additional $235, you 
can opt to stay until July 19 for 
some relaxation on the beautiful 
beaches in Ocho Rios. 

Washington, D.C., June 15-20. 

This trip will expose team members 
to the inner city culture of Washing- 
ton, D.C. Working in conjunction 
with Dr. Rickey Bolden and South- 
east Christian Fellowship (Brethren 
Church), you will minister to the 
homeless and the lost. Team mem- 
bers will also have time to visit the 
many tourist sights in this famous 

city. This trip is open to anyone who 
has completed 9th grade. The cost 
has yet to be determined. 

Canyon Day, Arizona, June 
20-27. Working in conjunction writh 
Forward Edge, this team will serve 
on the White Mountain Apache 
Reservation in Canyon Day, Ari- 
zona. Team members will help with 
construction of a Sunday school 
building and also work with a vaca- 
tion Bible school. This trip is open 
to anyone who has completed 8th 
grade. It will cost $350 plus airfare. 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 
11-17. This team will work in con- 
junction with REACH Workcamps 
to battle hopelessness and poverty 
on the famous Civil War battlefields 
of this town. Activities will include 
street evangelism, drama, puppet 
ministry, and work projects. The 
trip is open to anyone who has com- 
pleted 7th grade. It will cost $320 
plus transportation. 

Young Adult Ministries Interns 

If you would like a more in-depth 
experience than a short term mis- 
sions trip, this is the program for 
you! Spend at least five weeks serv- 
ing a local church or camp and ex- 
periencing ministry hands-on, on a 
day-to-day basis. Interns must have 
completed their senior year of high 
school and will generally be paid a 
small stipend for their service. 

National Ministry Teams 

These teams will bring back to life 
the rich tradition of National Cru- 
saders. Teams will serve for at least 
five weeks ministering in churches, 
camps, and communities. This op- 
tion is open to anyone who has com- 
pleted high school. 

District Crusaders 

District Crusaders are young peo- 
ple 15 to 18 years of age who have 
completed their sophomore, junior, 
or senior year of high school. They 
will minister within their home dis- 
trict for at least two weeks. This is a 
great way to see what summer min- 
istry is all about! 


Learn the language and culture of 

Mexico as you minister to the people 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Myths About Lay Ministry 

(continued from page 5) 
Sunday afternoons with a few friends 
and we would approach strangers 
with The Four Spiritual Laws, a 
booklet that explains how to become 
a Christian. A half dozen or so of the 
people I talked to prayed the sin- 
ner's prayer, and one of them even 
came to church services for a few 
months afterward. 

In time, however, I grew uneasy 
with this cold-turkey witnessing. 
For one thing, I saw little evidence 
that it was leading to changed lives. 
But part of my discomfort, I believe, 
gi'ew out of my own changing rela- 
tionship with God. Nurtured by my 
pastor's sermons, I was seeing God 
less as a stern judge and more as a 
loving Father. I began realizing that 
God is not only concerned about my 
getting to heaven; He also cares 
about my joys and pains, my hopes 
and fears. God doesn't care only 
about my soul; He cares about me. 

The more I experienced God's 
love, the clearer it became that I 
was not treating the people in the 
park the way God treated me. I was 
treating them as objects, as trophies 
to be won, not as people to be loved. 

Somehow I had gotten the idea that 
ministry involved meeting only — or 
at least primarily — spiritual needs. 
Witnessing, preaching, Bible teach- 
ing, leading worship — this was min- 
istry. But feeding the hungiy? Visit- 
ing the sick? They were nice things 
to do, but hardly ministry. 

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there. You will serve the entire 
summer in Mexico City, where 
you'll spread the Gospel to the 
nearly 28 million unchurched 
people there. Participants must 
be at least 19 years old and have 
a great desire to serve Christ in 
another culture. 

The opportunity of a lifetime 
awaits you. Don't miss it! Call 
Jaime Gillespie at The Brethren 
Church National Office (419-289- 
1708) for more information or to 
request an application form. Then 
come along and model the power 
of Jesus Christ through a trait He 
has called us all to develop: the 
trait of servanthood. [if] 

But as love replaced law as my 
motivation for ministry, I started 
seeing people through new eyes. I 
became less concerned with per- 
suading others to do the right thing 
and more interested in helping 
them. Ministry, I realized, had to be 
concerned not just with spiritual 
needs, but with the needs of the 
whole person. Love doesn't limit it- 
self to caring about one kind of need. 

When people believe ministry is 
restricted to meeting spiritual 
needs, those whom God has called to 
meet physical or social needs may 
conclude that they have no ministry. 
When this myth is exploded, these 
people can find their places in the 
body of Christ. 

MYTH #3: 

Most ministry takes place 

when the church is gathered 

In some ways the church is like a 
sales team. When a sales team 
meets, its members may celebrate 
accomplishments. Sales managers 
may inspire and motivate the team, 
give them a vision of what is possi- 
ble, and provide training. Group 
members encourage one another. 
Now what would you think of that 
sales team if, upon leaving the meet- 
ing, the members made little effort 
to sell? Would you suspect that they 
missed the point of the meeting? 

We in the church are not a sales 
team, but a ministry team. Yet we 
gather for many of the same reasons 
— to celebrate, to expand our vision, 
to be inspired to fulfill our mission, 
to give and receive encouragement, 
and to become equipped for min- 
istry. If then, at the end of our gath- 
erings, we go out into the world but 
make little attempt to minister, 
what does that suggest? 

Unless we minister as the church 
scattered the rest of the week, we've 
missed one of the main points of 
coming together. As we heard one 
pastor say, "The church is most the 
church when the sanctuary is empty." 

MYTH #4: 

Some Christians are called 

to do secular work. 

The world says there are two kinds 
of work — sacred and secular. The dic- 
tionary defines secular as "not holy" 
or "not sacred." But the Bible tells 
us that we are to do everything — 

February 1999 

even eating and drinking — to God's 
glory (1 Cor. 10:31). For Christians, 
every activity is to be sacred. 

If God directs someone to be an auto 
mechanic, it is because God can use 
that person to meet needs better as 
an auto mechanic than as a pastor or 
missionary. Every Christian is called 
to full-time Christian ministry. 

Any Christian can change a legit- 
imate "secular" job into a ministry by 
approaching that job with a commit- 
ment to meeting people's needs as 
an expression of God's love. God does 
not call anyone to do "secular" (un- 
holy) work. He calls us all to honor 
Him and to minister to people's needs 
through whatever work we do. 

Are you ready to join? 

Once our understanding of min- 
istry is broad enough, we can then 
discover which particular part of 
Christ's mission God is calling us to 
do. Two invaluable clues to help us 
determine our call are pain and joy. 
Pain: Where do you mourn with 
Jesus for the pain in the world? 
Joy: What would bring you joy in 
that painful situation? 

When you can answer those ques- 
tions, you have probably found your 
call. As Frederick Buechner says, 
"The place God calls you to is where 
your deep gladness and the world's 
deep hunger meet."* 

Once the church explodes these 
four myths about ministry myths, 
helps members identify their calls to 
ministry, then supports them in cre- 
atively fulfilling those calls, we will, 
as Trueblood predicted, experience 
something like a revolution in a 
very short time. In fact, the revolu- 
tion has already begun. Has it come 
to your church? [1]'] 

Adapted by Eddy Hall from The Lay 
Ministry Revolution: How You Can 
Join by Eddy Hall and Gary Morsch 
(Baker Books). Mr. Hall of Goessel, 
Kans., is a consultant who helps 
churches maximize their ministries 
through integrated strategic planning 
of ministries, staffing, facilities, and 
finances. Gary Morsch, of Olathe, 
Kans., is chairman of Heart to Heart 
International, a volunteer organiza- 
tion that mobilizes community re- 
sources to alleviate world suffering. 

*Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A 
Theological ABC (New York: Harper & Row, 
1973), p. 95. 


Ashland, Ohio 

Personal Evangelism 

Taking the Fear 
Out of 
\^ Sharing Our Faith 

By Ronald W. Waters 


MANY BELIEVERS are intimi- 
dated — even overwhelmed — 
by the thought of sharing their 
faith. It is something they simply 
cannot do. Unfortunately, that is be- 
cause most of us have a stereotypi- 
cal view of what evangelism should 
look like. We envision an "in your 
face" approach that is offensive and 
"just not my style." 

Instead, we should approach faith- 
sharing in ways that are consistent 
with our personalities. In their book, 
Becoming a Contagious Christian 
(Zondervan, 1994), Bill Hybels and 
Mark Mittleberg have identified six 
personal styles and how they may be 
used in evangelism. I have adapted 
them here and have suggested some 
approaches to faith-sharing based 
on each style. Which two or three of 
these styles most closely matches 
your personality? 

"I'll serve you" 

Perhaps you have a servant's heart 
and you find that doing acts of kind- 
ness for others is your natural style. 
Deeds of kindness need to be accom- 
panied by words of faith. But show- 
ing God's love in practical ways with 
no strings attached is a good way to 
soften the hearts of unbelievers, 
helping them to become more open 
to Christ and the church. 

You may do good deeds on your 
own, such as sharing baked goods 
with a neighbor or shoveling some- 
one's sidewalk. Or you may do them 
as part of a "conspiracy of kindness" 
— regular servant-evangelism proj- 
ects in your community planned by 
your church. {See the book by this 
title by Steve Sjogren: Vine Books, 
1993.) In either case, without being 
overbearing, make sure that the 
person knows you are doing this 

good deed to show the love of God. 
Otherwise, the kindness calls atten- 
tion to you instead of to Christ. 

"Come with me" 

You may have a knack for inviting 
others to take part in an activity 
with you, be it going to the mall, out 
to eat, or to a church activity espe- 
cially geared for communicating the 
gospel. If this is your style, watch 
for specific opportunities to invite 
persons to join you in church or area 
activities where they may hear the 
Good News of faith in Jesus Christ. 

Churches should plan two or more 
events each year to which believers 
can invite unchurched or unsaved 
friends. These events should be at- 
tractive, of high quality, and designed 
so as not to embarrass the guest or 
the one extending the invitation. 
Events might include a Christian 
concert, a block party, a family fun 
night, a movie with a message, or a 
special speaker who shares the 
gospel while addressing a life need. 

"Here's my story" 

All Christians should be prepared 
to share their testimony, but a per- 
son with this style may be especially 
effective at telling how Christ im- 
pacts his or her daily life. You do not 
have to have a dramatic or a " how- 
God -took-me-out-of-t he-gutter" 
story in order to use this style effec- 
tively. Most people's lives are rather 
common and mundane. They want 
to know how following Jesus Christ 
makes a difference in daily living. 

You might want to use this style 
by writing an account of your faith 
journey. More likely you will use 
this style in casual, day-to-day con- 
versation by telling how the Lord is 
at work in your life. 

"/ love you" 

You may be a person who makes 
friends easily and who really cares 
about other people. If so, your inter- 
personal style will lend itself to a 
friendship or relational approach to 
evangelism. Rather than approach- 
ing total strangers, you may focus 
primarily on sharing your faith 
within relationships you already 
have with friends, relatives, work or 
leisure associates, or neighbors. Or 
you may look for opportunities to 
intentionally build relationships 
with another in the hope of seeing 
that person come to faith in Christ. 

Much relational evangelism takes 
place in the course of daily life — 
sharing over the backyard fence, 
around the coffeepot, or over lunch. 
The challenge of relational evange- 
lism is to remember to watch for 
and use opportunities to talk about 
the faith. It is also important to 
build genuine friendships, not the 
kind that merely has an agenda for 

"Please consider this" 

If you have a logical mind and a 
desire to dig deep into philosophical 
and theological matters, an intellec- 
tual approach may fit your style. A 
person with this style will study 
carefully the subject of apologetics 
and will be prepared to help others 
find answers to their serious ques- 
tions about the faith. 

This style lends itself to debate, 
but it should never be argumenta- 
tive. It might include studying a book 
with a seeker, such as Lee Strobel's 
The Case for Christ (Zondervan, 
1998) or Ken Boa and Larry Moody's 
I'm Glad You Asked (ChariotVictor, 
1994). You should expect many long 
and loving conversations to help a 
person who has intellectual objec- 
tions and misconceptions come to a 
reasoned faith in Christ. 

"Are you saved?" 

This is the style often associated 
with evangelism. While confronta- 
tional, this style need not be offen- 
sive or involve "button-holing" peo- 
ple to make them listen to the 
gospel against their will. Rather, 
this style recognizes the importance 
of telling the Good News of Jesus 
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The Brethren Evangelist 

Personal Evangelism 

An evangelism success story 

By Doug Cunningham 


Personal evangelism is neither 
easy nor immediate. It often requires 
an extended time of contact and a 
variety of approaches. But if we pa- 
tiently persist, sometimes we have 
the joy of leading a person to Christ. 
This is well-illustrated by the fol- 
lowing account. 

ROGER AND I began working at 
a hardware store about the 
same time. He was a high school 
senior, and I was married with three 
children. I took little notice of him 
at first, and later, when I did, I 
thought that he had a chip on his 
shoulder We didn't speak. 


Then one day I saw Roger wearing 
a Ruger t-shirt (the name of a popu- 
lar gun manufacturer). About a 
week later, I asked him about the 
shirt. He said something (I don't re- 
member what), and that was the 
end of the conversation. Following 
another week or two, I asked Roger 
if he owned a Ruger, noting that I 

had once owned one. He said he did, 
but that he didn't get to hunt very 
often. Thus a conversation began 
between us and a common interest 
was discovered — one small thread 
that connected us. I prayed. 

The hardware store had a sport- 
ing goods section, and a month later 
I sold a customer a gun. I don't know 
where the idea came from (or do I?), 
but the next time I saw Roger I 
mentioned that I had sold a gun. He 
asked me a question or two — 
"Which gun? To whom?" I answered. 
And that was about it. 


I sold four or five guns over the 
next several months, and every time 
I did I told Roger about it. That al- 
ways resulted in a few moments of 
conversation between us. Thus 
began a relationship that would 
slowly grow and eventually result in 
a major change in Roger's life. 

The next step in our relationship 
was initiated by Roger. He was quiet 
and a good worker. But occasionally 

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Christ directly and in winsome ways 
that will assure that the person 
who is not yet a believer will want 
to listen and respond. If you have 
an outgoing and engaging person- 
ality, this style may suit you best. 
Using this style may include one- 
on-one or group conversations about 
the gospel, sharing an attractive gos- 
pel tract with a friend, or even pre- 
senting the gospel before large 
groups. It presupposes that you 
have a clear understanding of what 
it means to become a Christian. 

So What's Your Style? 

The key to effective vdtnessing 
is to find the style that best fits 
your personality. Then take the 
steps necessary to make that style 
part of your daily life. But regard- 
less of your natural style, be sure 

that you can talk about what 
Christ means to you. We must be 
prepared to give a reason for the 
hope that is within us (1 Peter 
3:15), even if we are not eloquent 
or particularly comfortable with 
verbal presentations. 

And team up with others who 
have different styles. This team ef- 
fort will allow God's Spirit to use a 
variety of means to touch the lives 
of people around you who are 
dying to know Christ and who are 
dying without Him. So do it with 
style — your God-given style for 
sharing the most important news 
a person can ever hear! ['^] 

Rev. Waters is Assistant Professor 
of Evangelism at Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary, and he also serves The 
Brethren Church as Consultant for 
Evangelism and Church Growth. 

he would stop in my department for 
a few minutes. Usually he didn't 
speak. He would just watch as I re- 
stocked my bolt and screw bins or as 
I wrote up an order. So I would ask 
him how his day was going or what 
was new. He would say something — 
never much — then be on his way. 

It was now winter, and I walked to 
work (about half a mile) through 
the cold and snow. One evening 
Roger asked if he could give me a 
ride home. I said, "Sure," and he 
did. This happened several times, 
and as a result our relationship be- 
came more comfortable. He even 
told me about his family situation 
(his parents were divorced), about 
his girlfriend, and that he went to 
church with her from time to time. 


The time had come. The next time 
he gave me a lift home, I felt that I 
had to ask him what would happen 
to him if he died that night. Where 
would he spend eternity? He said 
that he didn't know. I told him that 
I was in the same boat many years 
before. And I asked him if he would 
mind coming to my apartment for a 
few minutes because I had an illus- 
tration I wanted to show him. He 
said that he had to go, but maybe 
next time. And next time it was! 

When he entered my apartment 
after that next ride home, I intro- 
duced him to my wife and some of 
my children, and then we sat down 
at the kitchen table. I presented the 
gospel to him using a bridge illus- 
tration (a deep chasm with humans 
on one side, God on the other, and a 
cross-shaped bridge the only means 
of going from the human side to 
God's side). I have found this to be a 
clear and effective method to ex- 
plain the Gospel, and many others 
have found the same to be true. 

It took about 15 or 20 minutes for 
me to present the illustration. I 
asked him questions along the way 
to make sure he was understanding 
the Scripture passages and the pro- 


When I finished, I asked him which 
side of the chasm he thought he was 
on. He said he was on the human 
side. I then asked if he understood 

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Februaey 1999 

Q\\ od t/i e 

World Relief rushes aid to 
Colombian quake victims 

Wheaton, 111. — Almost immedi- 
ately after Colombia's worst earth- 
quake in a century struck that 
South American country, World 
Relief of the National Association of 
Evangelicals began rushing emer- 
gency food and water to victims of 
this disaster 

In cooperation with American Air- 
lines, World Relief made an initial 
delivery of 20,000 pounds of aid to 
Colombian churches. The churches 
distributed this aid to refuges in 
emergency shelters. This shipment 
of emergency supplies was the be- 
ginning of a larger disaster response 
planned by World Relief 

To get aid to Colombia quickly. 
World Relief used a collection sys- 
tem it had established in Miami, Fla., 
which area residents used when 
Hurricanes Georges and Mitch hit 
the Caribbean and Central America 
this past fall. 

"Because World Reliefs Miami 
disaster response system is already 
in place and working rather smooth- 
ly, it was only logical that we seize 
this opportunity to glorify our 
Heavenly Father and be first to pro- 
vide some much-needed relief to our 
many thousands of brothers and sis- 
ters in Colombia," said Steve 
Kabick, World Reliefs disaster re- 
sponse coordinator for Miami. 

The earthquake struck western 
Colombia on January 25, devastat- 
ing 20 towns and villages in five 
provinces and killing hundreds. Rev. 
Reilly Smith, Director of Missionary 
Ministries for The Brethren Church, 
was in Medellin, Colombia, when 
the earthquake struck, but reported 
only a minor tremor there. [1]"] 

"STAKE" tentmakers announce close of 
church-planting effort in central Florida 

Kissimmee, Fla. — Enid Schrader 
and Linda Yoder have announced 
the close of STAKE, the church- 
planting effort in the Orlando/ 
Kissimmee, Florida, area. The deci- 
sion was announced in a letter dated 
October 30, 1998, and was effective 
December 31, 1998. 

STAKE is an acronym for Satura- 
tion of the Target Area for Kingdom 
Extension. It was a plan developed 
by the Mission/Outreach Ministry of 
the Florida District to plant a num- 
ber of cell churches in the west- 
coast and central regions of Florida. 
The plan called for the use of teams 
of tentmakers to plant these cell 

STAKE began in 1994 with nine 
tentmakers. In the years that fol- 
lowed, this number dwindled until 
in 1998 only Enid Schrader and 
Linda Yoder remained. 

In their letter, Enid and Linda 
gave this evaluation of STAKE: 

"Some will choose to look at this 
effort as a failure. We wholehearted- 
ly disagree with that observation. 

STAKE tentmakers Linda Yoder (I.) and 
Enid Schrader. 

STAKE has reached out and minis- 
tered to many families in this area. 
We have been blessed to participate 
in the sowing, watering, and har- 
vesting of lives for Jesus Christ. The 
work that STAKE has done was not 
done in vain. 

"The other mark of success is in 

the lives of those who have served 

with STAKE. The challenges we 

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what he needed to do to cross over 
to God's side. He was not sure, so 
I repeated the last steps. I asked if 
it was clear now, and when he said, 
"Yes," I proceeded to ask him if 
there was any reason why he 
should not cross over right now. 
He hesitated. 

I felt he was ready and that he 
needed to make the decision right 
then. But he did not feel ready. 
Something was holding him back, 
some reason he could not articu- 
late. I was frustrated and gi'eatly 
disappointed. But if he wasn't 
ready, I couldn't force Him to ac- 
cept Christ. It was in God's hands. 
So I gave him several tracts and 
urged him to go home, find a quiet 
place, read them, and consider 
making a decision. 


In my frustration I envisioned 
that it might be one or two years 
before Roger would commit his life 

to Christ (if ever). I had presented 
the Gospel to him on a Wednesday 
night. To my surprise, two days 
later, on Friday night, Roger went 
home from work, took a shower, 
and sat down and read the tracts. 
Then he prayed, asking Christ to 
forgive his sin and to enter his life. 
As a result, Roger's life began to 
change. I could see an increasing 
steadiness in his life. His frustra- 
tions began to dissipate, and peace 
crept in. His dreams for some dis- 
tant happiness were replaced by a 
contentment in the present. Christ 
had indeed come into his heart 
and changed his life. ['tj'] 

Mr. Cunningham was living in Ash- 
land, Ohio, when these events took 
place. He and his family recently 
moved to Gilbert, Ariz., where they are 
part of the core group of Oasis Com- 
munity Church, a new Brethren con- 
gregation being planted in the great- 
er Phoenix area. He has a strong 
commitment to personal evangelism. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


(continued from previous page) 

faced were met with personal 
growth. The obstacles we overcame 
gave us more of a desire to serve the 
Lord. The lives of those around us 
gave us more of a determination to 
reach the lost." 

Both Enid and Linda asked that 
Brethren continue to pray for them 
as they look to the future. Enid 
indicated that she will be making 
decisions about moving to another 
area. Her desire is to continue work- 
ing in a missions/tentmaking effort. 
Linda plans to remain in the 
Kissimmee area until her son Josh 
graduates from school or until God 
calls her to another location. 

The two tentmakers thanked God 
for His continual support and love; 
the Florida District for the opportu- 
nity to serve with STAKE; and the 
Brethren who supported them with 
their finances and their prayers. 
They also gave this challenge to the 
Brethren: "The only thing that you 
or I can do that matters is to love 
God with all of our heart and to 
share Him with others. You do not 
have to move, establish an organiza- 
tion, or call yourself by any special 
name. All you have to do is be will- 
ing to serve God right where you 
are. Open your lives to minister to 
the needs of those around you. That 
is what STAKE taught us." [^] 

Jaime L. Gillespie named to new position 
as Brethren Church National Youth Leader 

Ashland, Ohio — Jaime L. Gillespie, 
a member of the Vinco Brethren 
Church, Mineral Point, Pa., has 
been called to the new position of 
National Youth Leader of The 
Brethren Church. 

Ms. Gillespie is no stranger to The 
Brethren Church National Office, 
where she began serving full time on 
January 4. She was the 1998 BYIC 
Convention Coordinator, which re- 
quired spending many hours in the 
National Office from January to Au- 
gust preparing for that event. After 
the Convention, she continued to 
work part time at 524 College Ave., 
assisting with the Brethren Youth 
In Christ (BYIC) national program. 

In December, Jaime completed 
her academic work for a Bachelor of 
Science degree from Ashland Uni- 
versity, which she will receive in 
May. At AU she majored in pre- 
medicine (biology and athletic train- 
ing) and minored in chemistry and 
religion. In conjunction with her 
major in athletic training, she 
served as a trainer with various ath- 
letic teams during her years at the 
university. She excelled throughout 
her university career, earning nu- 
merous honors and accolades. 

Jaime comes to the position of 
National Youth Leader with an ex- 
tensive background in the BYIC 
program. She grew up in the Vinco 
Brethren Church, where she partic- 
ipated in the local youth group. She 
was a Pennsylvania District Crusad- 
er in 1993 and 1994; a Summer 

Twelve Mile, 
Ind. — Mem- 
bers of the 
Corinth Breth- 
ren Church ded- 
icated a new 
parking lot last 
November 8. As 
members joined 
hands to form a 
large circle 
around the lot. 

Pastor Rod Schuler spoke words of dedication and deacons Fred Easter, Michael 
Morrow, Kevin Scott, and George Staller offered prayers. Land for the parking lot 
was donated by Corinth member Mrs. Carl Dillman. _ reported by Viola Peter 

intern m 
1995 and 
1996; a 
tee mem- 
ber from 
and editor 
of Morn- 
ing Star, 
the BYIC Jaune L. Gdlespie 

magazine, from 1995-97. Added to 
all this is her work as the 1998 BYIC 
Convention coordinator and as BYIC 
assistant, noted above. 

"There were many factors that led 
to the selection of Jaime as Nation- 
al Youth Leader, but there were two 
specific areas that impressed me" 
said Rev. David West, Director of 
Congregational Ministries, under 
whose direction Ms. Gillespie will 
serve. "The first was her depen- 
dence upon the leading of the Spirit 
of God to guide her life choices. Her 
spiritual maturity far out-distances 
her young age." 

"Secondly," Rev. West continued, 
"in Jaime we have a servant who 
has, in every leadership arena, risen 
to the top and been given decisive 
leadership roles. In Jaime we do not 
have a person with leadership po- 
tential, we have a leader with great 

As National Youth Leader, Ms. 
Gillespie will provide leadership and 
vision for the National Youth pro- 
gram of The Brethren Church. Spe- 
cific responsibilities will include 
planning and coordinating the Na- 
tional Youth Convention and Na- 
tional Youth Rally; supervising and 
giving leadership to the Brethren 
Youth In Christ Steering Committee 
and Youth Ministry Advisors Group; 
planning and implementing the 
Summer Ministries program; and 
developing programming for BYIC 
and Young Adult ministries. 

"Please be in prayer [for Jaime] as 
she assumes her new calling and re- 
sponsibilities," Rev. West added. [1]"] 

February 1999 



Evangelism council to look at 
Natural Church Development 

Elgin, 111. — Ronald W Waters, con- 
sultant for evangelism and church 
growth for The Brethren Church and 
assistant professor of evangelism at 
Ashland Theological Seminary, will 
be one of the main presenters when 
representatives from six Anabaptist 
denominations take a close look at 
the Natural Church Development 
movement as designed by Christian 
Schwarz. The event will be the sec- 
ond annual meeting of the Anabap- 
tist Evangelism Council, to be held 
February 20-21 at the Church of the 
Brethren general offices in Elgin. 

Waters, who presented a workshop 
on Natural Church Development to 
Brethren at the 1998 General Con- 
ference, will introduce Schwarz 's 
model at the council meeting. Other 
presenters will include: Noel Santi- 
ago of the Mennonite Board of Mis- 
sions, who will discuss "Implement- 
ing Natural Church Development: 
What We Are Learning"; Tom Yoder 
Neufeld, chair of the Religious Stud- 
ies department at the University of 
Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), who 
will give a New Testament perspec- 
tive on the movement; Lois Barrett, 
executive secretary of the Commis- 
sion on Home Ministries for the Gen- 
eral Conference Mennonite Church, 
who will present a missiological and 
ecclesiological perspective; and also 
N. Gerald Shenk, professor of church 
and society at Eastern Mennonite 
Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va., who 
will compare Schwarz's approach 
with his recent study, "Churches 
that Work." 

Dr Frederick Finks, president of 
Ashland Theological Seminary, will 
be one of three members of a "lis- 
tening committee" that will give 
feedback to the presenters. Serving 
on the committee with him will be 
Steve Clapp, publisher and consul- 
tant to New Life Ministries, and 
Judy M. Reimer, executive director 

An open letter to members of The Brethren Church 
from The Brethren Church at New Lebanon, Ohio 

Greetings Christian friends, 

It has been a growing experience 
for the church family this past year 
here at New Lebanon, Ohio. 

We were without a full-time pas- 
tor for 13 months. Yet through visit- 
ing ministers and, of course, our 
own "Charlie" Wiltrout, the pulpit 
was filled every Sunday. We still had 
Communion and home Bible stud- 
ies. And the church family had a 
Family Feeding Fellowship for the 
people of our community. 

We had much prayer by our peo- 
ple, asking what plan God had for 
our church. We lost many active 
members, some who had attended 
here all their lives. 

Even with our smaller congi-ega- 
tion, people stepped forward and 
filled all the offices of our church. 
Each person did his or her best to 
fulfill the job or committee to which 
he or she was elected. We visited the 
sick, the shut-ins, nursing homes, 
and so on; yet there is still nothing 
like have a pastor to lead you. Our 
pastoral committee worked very 
hard trying to secure a pastor for 
our church, always believing that 
God had a plan for us. 

We had a "History Month" in Octo- 
ber and November Dr. Charles Mun- 
son. Rev. Donald Rowser, Dr Mary 
Ellen Drushal, Rev Dick Winfield, 
and Rev. Lynn Mercer — all fine peo- 
ple in the Brethren denomination — 

of the Church of the Brethren. 

"We chose to make Schwarz's 
model our focus of study this year," 
said Marilyn Miller and Robert J. 
Suderman, members of the New 
Life Ministries management team 
who planned the event, "because 
several of our regional conferences 
are already re-orienting their evan- 
gelization and church-planting work 
toward this model." Schwarz em- 
phasizes quality of church life 
rather than quantity of growth. Yet 
there is a happy coincidence: when 
congregations concentrate on im- 
proving the eight quality character- 
istics he has identified, numerical 
growth also occurs. [i}'] 

presented the history of both the 
Brethren denomination and The 
Brethren Church in New Lebanon. 

Then God provided us with a fine 
minister in the person of Rev. Bill 
Walk, along with his wife Sharon, 
beginning December 1, 1998. Since 
Pastor Bill has been here, seven peo- 
ple have been baptized, with two 
more to be baptized later Many peo- 
ple have received visits from the 
new pastor, and they are excited. He 
is definitely a working pastor 

Prayer, love for one another, con- 
cern, and hard work are what make 
a church grow. Still, there is nothing 
like having a caring, Bible preach- 
ing pastor to lead you. 

Thank you, God. Now show us the 
rest of Your plan for us. There is once 
again excitement in our church. If 
you have problems, pray. God has a 
plan for your church also. 

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Vol.121, No. 3 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

March 1999 

The following article is from a pre- 
sentation Carolyn Cooksey made dur- 
ing a seminar for women at the 1998 
General Conference. The theme of 
the seminar was Luke 10:27 — loving 
the Lord with heart, soul, mind, and 
strength. Mrs. Cooksey was one of 
four speakers, and her message 
focused on loving the Lord with one's 
soul. The following article is the con- 
cluding section of her presentation, 
which also dealt with "awareness of 
the soul" and "condition of the soul." 

Mrs. Cooksey, a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church, has a deep interest in spiri- 
tual formation and the inner life. 
She is employed as a Library Assis- 
tant at Ashland University. Her hus- 
band, David, is Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Church. 

THE SOUL is that spiritual part 
of us that relates to God and to 
the things of God. The soul is the 
inner sanctuary where God meets 
us and connects with us, the place 
where we are alone with Him. The 
soul is not our mind or body or 

heart; it is distinct from, yet incor- 
porates all of them. 

We are fearfully and wonderfully 
made. Our complexity requires care 
and maintenance. Fortunately, we 
have an owner's manual, the Word 
of God. From my study of His Word, 
the teachings of others, and my per- 
sonal experience, I have found some 
important and necessary ways to 
care for our souls. 

Our souls do not want to know 
about God; they want to know God\ 
Devote yourself to God. Give God 
your focused, undivided attention. 
Worship, praise, and adore Him. Be- 
lieve God; follow Him. Seek friend- 
ship with the Soulmaker In God's 
presence is fullness of joy (Ps 16:11, 
KJV). Let God work in your life and 
through your life. 

The soul thrives in love. Accept 
God's furious love for you. Psalm 
18:19 teaches that God takes delight 
in our very existence. We know that 
God calls each one of us by name; 
we are precious to Him. We, in turn, 

must give Him our furious, uncondi- 
tional love. 

Do some soul-searching. Get to 
know, honor, and delight in your own 
soul. The soul longs to be known 
and loved. Examine your heart and 
honor yourself in light of God's 
Word. Accept the gifts He has given 
you and use them to honor His pur- 
pose for you. Psalm 16:7-10 says 
that God counsels our minds and 
gladdens our hearts. He is our body- 
guard and will keep us from death. 
Therefore, our souls rejoice! 

The eyes of the soul 

Ask God to work in your soul and 
allow Him to do that work. Ask Him 
to open the eyes of your soul to see 
the real Jesus, the Christ of Chris- 
tianity. Ask God to open your inner 
eyes to the rich and complex world 
of the spirit that exists along with 
our world of technology and activi- 
ties. After all, we know that all of 
life at its root is spiritual. Every- 
thing we see was formed and is sus- 
tained by what we cannot see. Be- 
come aware of the huge dimension 
of reality that often goes unnoticed 
in the everydayness of our lives. 
Live the life of the Spirit, not the life 
of rationalism, activism, emotional- 
ism. Enter instead into the life of 
God, which is already in motion. 

Do those things that nourish and 

strengthen your soul. Maturation of 

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Inside this issue 

What's the matter with kids? 


Did Jesus rise from the dead? 


"1 have seen the Lord!" 


1 know why we have Easter 


Brethren U.S. Missions 


When heaven is silent 


Around the denomination 


The Women's Outlook Newsletter \ 

is in the center of this issue 

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the body is automatic; development 
of the soul is not. There are many 
ways of experiencing spiritual 
growth, but we must be intentional 
about using them. Therefore, feed 
on Scripture. (Here we should all be 
gluttons!) Read Scripture with a view 
to the spiritual formation of your 
soul. Use biblical imagination. Scrip- 
ture is essential for shaping our 
souls and bringing them to maturity. 

Do not neglect fellowship with 
other believers. Embrace friends in 
the faith whenever and wherever 
you find them. Worship, study, and 
pray with other Christians. Take 
Communion with them, for with it 
comes cleansing, forgiveness, and 
restorative powers that connect 
body, mind, heart, and soul with the 
wine and bread of Christianity. 

Find or make a place for your- 
self — a place of sacred retreat. I've 
had various places at various 
times — a room, a closet, a corner, a 
chair. Arrange a setting (our souls 
delight in beauty). It might be a 
view out a window, a piece of art (a 
picture or a statue), or something 
from nature (shells, leaves, flowers). 
Use music, music that leads your at- 
tention upward for worship or that 
leads you inward into silence. 

Practice spiritual disciplines, 
those exercises that strengthen your 
soul and keep it in optimal health. 
They include silence, solitude, fast- 
ing, simplicity, meditation, and 
prayer Like the more difficult phys- 
ical exercises, the more difficult 
spiritual exercises will benefit our 
souls the most. Find out what exer- 
cises do your soul the most good, 
then practice them. 

A word about silence and solitude: 

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these two exercises are especially 
important to our spiritual well- 
being. They call us from the busy- 
ness and drivenness (even laziness) 
of our lives so that we can hear our 
deepest longings and listen to the 
voice of God. As the body needs rest 
and sleep each day, so the soul has a 
daily need for silence and solitude. 
A daily practice of ten minutes of 
silence and solitude is minimal. 

Honor your inner longings. We 
tend to ignore them. Make time — 
morning, noon, or night, whatever 
is best for you — to care for your 
soul. Seek the sacred in everyday 
life. Just as our minds take in and 
digest ideas to produce intelligence, 
so the soul takes in and digests the 
deeper things of life, producing wis- 
dom and character. Live the Chris- 
tian life, don't just think about it. 
Our faith is lived in the ordinary, 
daily, messiness of life. 

Listen to the call of the outdoors. 
Enjoy your surroundings. Gaze at 
sunsets, at stars. Surround yourself 
with music. Experience the reality 
of doing dishes, hanging up clothes, 
baking bread, cooking. Look at the 
ordinary with sacred eyes. Take 
time out of the rush of practical life 
to contemplate timeless and eternal 
realities. Retreat for a while. 
Leisure time, well spent, is usually 
good soul time. Jesus said, "Come 
away by yourselves to a lonely place, 
and rest a while" (Mark 6:31, RSV). 
Do it, hourly, daily, or whenever. 

Reach out to others in fellowship 
and service. Find a spiritual com- 
munity, friends on the same journey, 
a church of God-centered, soul-con- 
scious people who promote health, 
renewal, and growth. Serve others. 
Give of your time and energy; Be an 

open and loving person. Learn to lis- 
ten — to your own soul, to life, and to 
others. Listening is a sign of spiritu- 
al health and vitality. 

Turn to others for love and com- 
fort — lean on them for awhile. In 
soul-shaking times — when you are 
in need, hurting, wounded, broken, 
depressed, grieving — remember that 
tears soften the soul. Tears make 
our souls receptive and alive. They 
are like medicine, restoring our souls 
to their true selves. Do it with others! 

Do not give in to lies, denials, or 
avoidance. Hypocrisy, moral com- 
promise, and falsity destroy the 
soul. Love and honor others. Look 
for mature guides and wise leaders. 
Surround yourself whenever possi- 
ble, with people who strengthen your 
soul. And share your soul with others. 
How often does your soul have an 
opportunity, to touch another soul? 
Always. A word of encouragement, a 
few dollars to help someone get 
through tough times, a prayer with 
someone who's hurting, a visit, a 
meal, a hand of sympathy — these 
are the things that the soul is made 
of and made by. 

Soul-building is a process — a liv- 
ing, continuous process. It doesn't 
happen overnight and it is never 
finished. It takes a lifetime. It re- 
quires stretching, struggling with 
unknown and invisible forces. It is 
hard to love the Lord with all of our 
souls and to love our neighbor as 

What is the status of your soul? 
Visualize your soul as it is. Then 
visualize it renewed and full of joy. 
Visualize your soul as excited, loving, 
alive, well, renewed, willing, stead- 
fast, joyous. God wills to work with- 
in you. Please let Him do so. ['ij'] 


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The Brethren Evangelist 

What's the Matter With Kids Today? 

By Dan Lawson 

IT SEEMS that everyone who 
reaches the advanced stages of 
adulthood sooner or later strug- 
gles to understand the next gener- 
ation of kids. I remember when I 
was a teenager that I used to re- 
sent hearing adults say, "What's 
the matter with kids today?" Now 
I hear my generation saying the 
same thing, and I still resent it! 

A whole new set of issues 

The Millennial Generation (to- 
day's junior- and senior-high stu- 
dents) faces issues and problems 
that were unheard of 20 years ago. 
Recently someone from Georgia 
wrote to Ann Landers to complain 
about kids of today. The person's 
basic attitude was that kids today 
are a bunch of crybabies who don't 
know how good they have it. 

A 17-year-old wrote back to Ann 
Landers and said (I am paraphras- 
ing for the sake of space): Are your 
parents divorced? Were you think- 
ing about suicide when you were 
12? Did you have an ulcer when 
you were 16? Did your best friend 
lose her virginity to a guy she only 
went out with twice? 

Did you have to worry about 
AIDS? Did your classmates carry 
knives and guns or come to school 
drunk, stoned, or high on drugs? 
Did any of your friends have their 
brains fried from using PGP? 

What percentage of your class 
went to a drug or alcohol rehabili- 
tation center? Did your school 
have armed security guards in the 
hallways? Did you ever hear the 
sound of gunfire in your neighbor- 
hood at night? 

You talk a lot about money and 
success. Since when does money 
mean happiness? The kids at 
school who have the most expen- 
sive cars and designer clothes are 
the most miserable of all. When I 
am your age, I won't look back and 

wish things were the same. I'll just 
thank God that I survived.* 

Picture your congregation in 
your mind. What percentage of 
that mental image is comprised of 
junior- and senior-high youth? My 
point is this: We tend to think of 
the church in terms of adults, most 
likely adults of our own age. 
^ V 

Young people today are 

not content to set back and 

let the world pass them 

by. They want to be part of 

what is happening. 

s y 

Too often we are guilty of not in- 
cluding the youth. We have the at- 
titude that they are unimportant 
or that they are not interested in 
the affairs of the church. Either 
way, we leave them out. Perhaps if 
we understood them a little better 
we would be more willing to in- 
clude them as the viable part of 
our church that they should be. 

What they are sensing 

There are several things that 
young people, in general, are sens- 
ing today. For starters, they sense 
abandonment. One place where 
they sense this is from their par- 
ents. Adults today have their own 
issues to face. Many are running 
furiously just to keep their heads 
above water. The prevailing attitude 
is, "I need to get my own head on 
straight before I can help others." 
While that may be true, as a con- 
sequence the Millennial Genera- 
tion in general feels abandoned. 

Young people also sense aban- 
donment from the church. This is 
by no means intentional on the 

*Pastor's Update Audio Cassette, 
Reaching Real Kids in Search of a 
Real Church, Tape 7022, Vol. 83 

part of the church. In fact, the 
hope of the church is just the op- 
posite. The truth is, however, that 
many of us are guilty of proudly 
pointing to the youth in our con- 
gregation and saying, "There is 
the church of tomorrow!" While 
we may believe this, the message 
our young people are hearing is, 
"You are not a part of what we are 
doing today; wait your turn." 

I have actually heard youth refer 
to the adults in the church as "the 
real people." What they mean by 
this is that they do not feel em- 
powered to make decisions of in- 
fluence. They feel relegated to the 
sidelines while the "real people" 
run the show. Kids in the church 
today long to be a part of the com- 
munity of believers as a whole. 

Lonely but passionate 

Second, kids today are lonely. 
They long for deep relationships. 
They are turned off by the phoni- 
ness they perceive in society. They 
want someone to believe in them 
and to have genuine, sincere rela- 
tionships with them. 

Third, kids today are passion- 
ate! They want to belong and to 
be respected. Look at the programs 
youth of today are involved in, pro- 
grams like True Love Waits. Young 
people today are not content to set 
back and let the world pass them 
by. They desperately want to be 
part of what is happening. They 
fear that if they don't get involved 
and do something now, they won't 
have much of a world left to live in 
when they get older 

Finally, kids today are svirvi- 
vors. They long for the church to 
take them seriously, but they will 
go on without the church if they 
have to. Christian young people 
today are determined to have an 
active relationship with God with 
or without the church. The prob- 
lem is, if we let them depart from 
the church, we all losel [i]'] 

Next month: Young people in the church. 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles 
in which he applies Bible truths to 
our personal lives. 

March 1999 


Did Jesus 
Rise from the Dead? 

By William Lane Craig 


I WAS more than mildly surprised 
last year, while reading an ac- 
count of the Jesus Seminar in Time 
magazine, to learn — according to 
John Dominic Crossan, the co-chair- 
man of the Seminar — that after the 
crucifixion of Jesus, His corpse was 
probably laid in a shallow grave, 
barely covered with dirt, and subse- 
quently eaten by wild dogs; the 
story of Jesus' entombment and 
resurrection was the result of 
"wishful thinking." 

Having carried out fairly exten- 
sive research into the historicity 
of Jesus' resurrection (two years 
as a fellow of the Alexander von 
Humboldt Foundation at the Uni- 
versity of Munich), I was well 
aware that the wide majority of 
New Testament critics affirm the 
historicity of the Gospels' asser- 
tion that Jesus' corpse was in- 
terred in the tomb of a member of 
the Jewish Sanhedrin, Joseph of 
Arimathea. Thus it puzzled me 
why a prominent scholar like 
Crossan would set his face against 
the consensus of scholarship on 
this question. 

What hitherto undetected or 
unappreciated evidence had he 
discovered, I wondered, that had 
escaped the notice of critical 
scholarship and made it probable 
that Jesus' body was dispatched 
in the way he alleged. And how did 

he nullify the evidence that has led 
most critics to regard the Gospel 
accounts of Jesus' entombment as 
fundamentally historically reliable? 
You can imagine my sense of dis- 
appointment when, upon consulting 
Crossan's works, I found that he 
had no particular evidence — much 
less compelling evidence — for his 
allegation. Rather, it was just his 

hunch as to what happened to the 
body of Jesus. 

Since he does not accept the his- 
toricity of the discovery of the 
empty tomb (not to speak of the res- 
urrection), Crossan merely surmises 
that Jesus' corpse was laid in the 
graveyard reserved for executed 
criminals. Moreover, he does not 
engage the evidence that prompts 
most scholars to accept the historic- 
ity of Jesus' entombment. Instead, 
he seeks to undercut the credibility 
of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' bur- 
ial and resurrection by means of a 
general analysis of the Gospel texts 
and traditions that is so bizarre and 
contrived that the overwhelming 
majority of New Testament critics 
find it wholly implausible. 

It is sobering to think that it is 
this sort of idiosyncratic speculation 
that thousands of lay readers of 
magazines like Time have come to 
believe represents the best of con- 
temporary New Testament scholar- 
ship concerning the historical Jesus. 

"There ain't gonna be no Easter 
this year," a high school friend once 
remarked to me. 

"Why not?" I asked incredulously. 

"They found the body." 

Despite his irreverent sense of 

"I Have Seen the Lord!" 

By Herbert Lockyer 

Jesus died as the Lamb of God, 
Mary Magdalene was also first at 
the garden tomb to witness the res- 
urrection of Jesus Christ — the most 
important event in world history 
and the pivotal truth of Christianity. 
What a great honor God conferred 
upon the faithful Mary Magdalene 
in permitting her to be the first wit- 
ness of that resurrection! 

This Mary is distinguished from 
all others of the same name as "the 
Magdalene." This identifies her 
with her place of birth, just as Jesus 
was called "the Nazarene" because 
of His association with Nazareth. 
Magdala means "tower" or "castle." 
In the time of Christ it was a thriv- 
ing, populous town on the coast of 

Galilee, about three miles from 
Capernaum. Dye works and primi- 
tive textile factories added to the 
wealth of the community. It may be 
that "the Magdalene" was connect- 
ed with the industry of the town, for 
it would seem that she was a woman 
of some means, enabling her to 
serve the Lord with her substance. 

Doubtless it was from the fact 
that Luke's first reference to Mary 
Magdalene follows the story of the 
sinful woman that the idea devel- 
oped that Mary was a prostitute. 
But there is not an iota of genuine 
evidence to suggest such a bad repu- 
tation. The Bible depicts Mary as a 
pure, though deeply afflicted, woman 
before she met Jesus. There is no 
word whatever in the writings of the 

The Brethren Evangelist 

humor, my friend displayed a mea- 
sure of insight that is apparently 
not shared by the Fellows of the 
Jesus Seminar. They seem perfectly 
willing to maintain that although 

"Without the historical 
resurrection, Jesus 
would have been at best 

just another prophet 
who met the same 
unfortunate fate as 
others before Him. " 

Jesus died and rotted away, the res- 
urrection still has value as a symbol 
of Christ's "continuing presence" 
with us. So that Christianity can go 
on quite nicely as if nothing were 
changed. My friend's joke, on the 
other hand, implied that without a 
literal resurrection, the Christian 
faith is worthless. 

The earliest Christians would have 
agreed with my friend (1 Cor. 15:14, 
17, 19). Without the historical resur- 
rection, Jesus would have been at 
best just another prophet who met 
the same unfortunate fate as others 
before Him. Therefore, faith in Him 
as Messiah, Lord, or Son of God would 
have been stupid. It would be no use 

Christian Fathers, whose authority 
stands next to the Apostles, as to 
Mary having a foul reputation. 

Mary became a disciple, and her 
personal ministrations, along with 
those of other women who had been 
healed, greatly aided Jesus in His 
missionary activities as He went 
from place to place preaching and 
teaching His message. 

Jesus commissioned Mary to be- 
come the first herald of His resurrec- 
tion. She had to go and announce the 
greatest good news ever proclaimed. 
"Do not hold on to me, for I have not 
yet returned to the Father. Go in- 
stead to my brothers and tell them, 
'I am returning to my Father and 
your Father, to my God and your 
God'" (John 20:17, NIV). [1>] 

From All the Women of the Bible 

by Herbert Lockyer (Zondervan). Arti- 
cle provided by the publisher. Used by 

trying to save the situation by inter- 
preting the resurrection as a sym- 
bol. The cold, hard facts would re- 
main: Jesus was dead, and that's it. 

I suspect that the average layper- 
son today also has too much com- 
mon sense to be impressed by theo- 
logical salvage operations like that 
advocated by the Jesus Seminar. 
After all, why should I let a Chris- 
tian myth about a dead man be de- 
terminative for the meaning of my 
life today? Why not a non-Christian 
myth? Why follow myths at all? 

Fortunately, the Christian faith 
does not call for us to put our minds 
on the shelf, to fly in the face of com- 

mon sense and history, or to make a 
leap of faith into the dark. The ra- 
tional person, fully apprised of the 
evidence, can confidently believe 
that on that first Easter morning a 
divine miracle took place. [1}"] 

Dr. Craig (Ph.D., University of Birm- 
ingham, England; Th.D., University 
of Munich, Germany) is a Visiting 
Scholar at Emory University, Atlanta, 
Ga. This aiiicle is taken from the Zon- 
dervan book, Jesus Under Fire: Mod- 
ern Scholarship Reinvents the His- 
torical Jesus, Michael J. Wilkins and 
J. P. Moreland, General Editors. The 
article was provided by the publisher 
and is printed here by permission. 

I Know Why We Have Easter 

An Easter Devotion for Children 
By Evelyn S. Wilharm 

in Jerusalem. Let me tell 
you about Jesus. He is my friend. 
I first saw Jesus when He was 
teaching some people out in a 
grassy field. I was there with my 
mother. My friends and I wanted 
to go and talk to Jesus. But one of 
His helpers tried to send us away. 
"No," the helper said. "Jesus does- 
n't have time for children. He's a 
busy man." 

Jesus heard him tell us that. 
"No, no," said Jesus. "Don't send 
the children away. Let them come 
to Me." Some of the littlest ones 
climbed onto His lap. I stood right 
in front of Him. Jesus put His 
hand on my head and smiled at 
me. He said, "The kingdom of God 
will be made up of people who are 
like these little children." Jesus 
became my friend forever. 

It seemed that everybody loved 
Jesus then. But after a while, lots 
of people didn't like Him any- 
more. They said bad things about 
Him. The bad things were not 
true, but people believed them. 
And they began to say, "Crucify 
Him." And that is what happened. 
They put Him on a cross and 
killed Him. I cried and cried. 

But that's not the end of the 
story. It's only the beginning. Be- 
cause Jesus didn't stay deadl 
He was buried in a cave in a gar- 
den. On Sunday morning, just as 

the sun was rising, some women 
went to visit Jesus' grave. When 
they got there, the grave was 
open, and Jesus was not therel 

An angel was sitting on the 
stone that had closed the grave. 
The angel said, "Jesus is not here. 
He is risen." Mary Magdalene was 
one of the women who visited the 
grave. She is my mother's friend. 
She was so excited when she told 
us about it. 

"I was standing there crying," 
she said, "when a man came up to 
me. I thought He was the garden- 
er. I said, 'Sir, tell me where you 
have taken the body of Jesus.' 
Then the man said, 'Mary.' And I 
knew! I knew it was Jesus Him- 
self! I couldn't believe it. But it 
was true. I saw Him with my own 
eyes. He is alive!" 

I knew that my friend Jesus was 
not dead. I was happy. Jesus visit- 
ed with His helpers after that. 
Then one day. He went up, up, up, 
and disappeared into the clouds. 
Jesus had told His helpers that He 
would go to live in heaven with 
God, and He did. 

I'm glad Jesus is still alive. He is 
alive forever. That's why we have 
Easter Sunday. Happy Easter! ['3'] 

From Kids-Life Devotions: Sto- 
ries That Apply Biblical Truth 
to Real Life, Chariot Victor Pub- 
lishing. Used by permission. 

March 1999 

Brethren U.S. Missions 


Welcome to Your 
New Life in Christ 

By Mike Sove 


The following article by Pastor Mike 
Sove of Vineyard Community Church, a 
Brethren congregation in Franklin, Ohio, 
presents a clear picture of one important 
part of Brethren Impact Church Planting 
—process of ministry. Pastor Sove and his 
co-worker Pastor Chuck Wolfinbarger 
designed "Welcome to Your New Life in 
Christ" to help new believers grow in 
Christ. "Welcome" is a specific plan to 
help new followers of Jesus Christ grow 
from believers to responsible church 
members, from responsible members to 
maturing Christians, from maturing 
Christians to active participants in a 
ministry, and, for some, from participat- 
ing ministers to empowering leaders. 

A process of ministry is important for 
two reasons: First, it ensures that we 
plan for people to grow into productive 
Christian disciples. And second, it closes 
the back door of the church through 
which many Christians leave. A working 
process of ministry provides the nurture, 
training, and community environment 
needed for believers to enjoy a produc- 
tive Christian life. 

— Reilly Smith, Director of 
Brethren Missionary Ministries 

WHAT'S a "New Believer" to do? 
That's a good question to ask. 
We've been asking that question for 
a year now at Vineyard Community 

We know we are to fulfill the 
Great Commission and make disci- 
ples, but how do we do that in a 
practical way? How do we take a 
person who has just given his or her 
heart and life to Jesus Christ and 
develop that person into a fully de- 
voted follower of Christ — one who is 
equipped to be productive in the 
Kingdom of God. We've wrestled 
with those questions, and we've 
launched our equipping process 
with the following passages in mind, 
Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11- 
13, and Colossians 1:28. 

As we see it, we are called to do 
four things: 1. Proclaim the Gospel 

(evangelize); 2. Pastor Believers 
(assimilate); 3. Prepare Disciples 
(train); 4. Plant Leaders (send). 
These four things are a high calling 
that cannot be left to chance. So the 
following plan is our attempt to an- 
swer this calling to make new be- 
lievers into disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Welcoming statement 

A brochure introducing new be- 
lievers to our equipping process be- 
gins with the following words. 
Welcome to your new life! 
By receiving Christ Jesus in 
your heart and being born 
again, God has radically trans- 
formed you. Our goal as a 
church is to empower you to 
develop to your flail potential. 

Here are the steps to your new 
life. You started "running" to 
first base when you were saved, 
but that is just the beginning. 
We will coach you as you be- 
come a "champion" in Christ. 

You can see by our intro- 
duction that we view every- 
one as a potential leader with 
a great future ahead "in 
Christ." So what is our pro- 
cess and how does it meet the 
needs of these new and grow- 
ing Christians? 

Step 1. Water Baptism/ 
Welcome to the Church — 
The first step after bringing a per- 
son to Christ is to get them water 
baptized. At this point we also at- 
tempt to connect the person to a cell 
group for quick assimilation. The 
new believer receives a Welcome to 
the Church booklet that describes 
who we are, what we believe, and 
where we are going as a church 
(Statement of Faith, Vision, Mission 
and Strategy). 

Step 2. Christianity 101 — In 
the cell, the new Christian begins to 
experience body life and is connect- 
ed with another believer who will 
take him or her through a booklet 

called New Believer's Station. This 
five-lesson booklet introduces the 
Christian to his or her new life in 
Christ and covers basics like "How 
to Listen to Your Lord." 

Step 3. Encounter Retreat — 
Sins' strongholds and past hurts 
keep Christians from growing as 
God would have them grow. So at 
this retreat we want people to en- 
counter the freeing power of Christ 
in every area of their lives. If they 
can be free from the past, they can 
be productive in the present and in 
the future. 

Step 4. Discipleship 201 — This 
twelve-week class is presented at 
our facility and teaches them how to 
grow in Christ and be strong in 
Him. Lessons such as What is Wor- 
ship? How to Pray, How to Read the 
Word, and How to Fight Temptation 
are covered in this class. 

The "Welcome to Your New Life" brochure of 
the Vineyard Church uses a baseball diamond to 
illustrate the steps to a new life in Christ. 

Step 5. Discovery Retreat — 

This retreat is designed to help indi- 
viduals understand their personal- 
ity type and discover their spiritual 
gift(s) and calling. Our goal is to 
teach and interview every person who 
goes through this retreat so as to re- 
lease each one to use his or her gifts 
both in the cell and in a supportive 
role in our celebration services. 

Step 6. Leadership 301 — This 
twelve-week class is taught at our 
church facility and is designed to 
equip and train individuals for cell- 
group leadership. It covers every- 
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The Brethren Evangelist 

Brethren U.S. Missions 


On Overview of Brethren 
Missions in the U.S. 

By Reilly R. Smith, Director of Missionary Ministries 



BRETHREN Missionary Ministries 
is actively working in the Unit- 
ed States through Brethren Impact 
Church Planting, through existing 
U.S. mission churches, and through 
special missions. Some Brethren are 
also working in U.S. missions with- 
out district and national financial 
support or supervision. 

The climate for reaching our 
nation through the ministries of 
Brethren churches is better now 
than it has been for many years. 
God is working among us. Here's 
what's happening. 

Brethren Impact Church Plantin- 

Grace Community Church in 

Winchester, Virginia, was launched 
(had its first public service) on the 
last Sunday of September in 1998. 
Mike and Barbara Woods lead this 
new, growing church. Working with 
the Woods are Chris and Heather 

Scott. The Scotts will eventually 
lead the birth of Grace Commu- 
nity's first daughter church. Grace 
Community's ministry continues to 
grow despite having to change loca- 
tions after just a few months. 

"Our goal in Brethren 
Impact Church Planting 
is to plant congregations 
that are larger and 
healthier at birth. These 
churches will have a 
better opportunity to 
grow more quickly." 
■v . 

Rock Springs Community 
Church was launched just one week 
after the launch of Grace Commu- 
nity. Jim and Stephanie Boyd lead 
this new church, which meets on 
the campus of National University 


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thing from cell basics to relation- 
ship dynamics to the importance 
of personal spiritual disciplines in 
the lives of every leader. 

Step 7. John 3:16 Retreat — 
Before a person launches a cell, 
we want that individual trained in 
how to present the gospel effec- 
tively to unbelievers. If the cell 
does its job in reaching out, cell 
members will have many opportu- 
nities to use this training in rela- 
tional evangelism. 

Step 8. Champions Retreat 
— When a person completes the 
above steps and is given vision by 
God to start a cell, we bring that 
person to a special retreat. At this 
retreat the person is challenged, 
commissioned, and anointed for 
cell ministry. 

Step 9. Cell Leadership — 
Once a person enters cell leader- 
ship as a facilitator or apprentice. 

the new leader is coached, encour- 
aged, and trained to develop that 
group into a strong, reproducing, 
outreach-minded group. Beyond 
this basic equipping process, lead- 
ers are then encouraged to con- 
tinue to develop their call from 
God through on-going classes and 
seminars offered in our local 
church training center. 

We are expecting great things 
as we take seriously the call to 
"Prepare God's people for the 
works of service." Is this the only 
way? No! But it is one way to 
bring people to maturity, and 
we're seeing results even at these 
early stages. 

By the end of this summer, all 
these steps will have been devel- 
oped and have been used. Then 
Pastor Wolfinbarger and I will 
train interns to teach these classes 
and lead these retreats, so that 
we can go on to the next stages of 
development. [^] 

in Vista, California. This church got 
off to a great start when 200 people 
attended the first public worship 
service. As expected, attendance 
dropped somewhat after the first 
two weeks, but Rock Springs contin- 
ues to reach unchurched pre-Chris- 
tians in the San Diego area. Mean- 
while, Jim and Stephanie celebrated 
the birth of their second child, a son, 
Grant, in December. 

Two other Brethren Impact con- 
gregations will be launched this 
month (March). Oasis Community 
Chiu"ch in Chandler, Arizona, will 
hold its first public service on Sun- 
day, March 7. Jim and Ann Miller 
will be leading this new church plant. 
Their leadership team includes 
Glenn and Sarah Black. Like Grace 
Community and Rock Springs, 
Oasis is being born "pregnant" — 
that is, plans include giving birth to 
a daughter church in the East Valley 
area of greater Phoenix within the 
first few years of its ministry. 

Eagle's Nest Christian Fellow- 
ship in Peru, Indiana, will be 
launched two weeks later, on March 
21. Jim and Elaine Thomas are 
leading a service-evangelism based 
church in a brand new community 
on the former Grissom Air Force 
base. The Eagle's Nest team greatly 
benefitted from the generosity of 
the local redevelopment authority, 
even if it has been frustrating at 
times. Their facility is well-located, 
has plenty of space for great growth, 
and has abundant parking. 

Two more Brethren Impact con- 
gregations are scheduled for launch 
in the fall. Living Waters Com- 
munity Church in Mansfield, Ohio, 
was originally to begin in March, but 
Pastor Ron Miller and the steering 
committee determined that waiting 
until late September would increase 
the probability for a successful start. 
Ron and Sandy Miller are planting 
this new church in the building that 
formerly housed Walcrest Brethren 
Church. The church building and 
parsonage have been completely re- 
modeled. The Millers are building an 
exciting team of ministry-oriented 
people from among the Brethren, 
Ashland Theological Seminary, and 
the surrounding community. 

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March 1999 

Brethren U.S. Missions 

Rocky Mountain Community 
Church in Highlands Ranch, Col- 
orado, will be launched about the 
same time as Living Waters. Jeff 
and Zenita Kaplan are starting this 
new Brethren church in the fastest- 
growing suburb of Denver in the 
fastest-growing county in the United 
States. Jeff and Zenita came to The 
Brethren Church from another de- 
nomination through our relation- 
ship with Dynamic Church Planting 
International. Jeff is actively build- 
ing a core team and recently added a 
music and worship minister. 

Existiiiy misisfon Churches 

Some Brethren Home Mission 
churches that were planted before 
we initiated the Brethren Impact 
movement continue to work to- 
wards self-support and towards re- 
producing themselves. 

Pastors Mike Sove and Chuck 
Wolfinbarger lead the Vineyard 
Community Church in Franklin, 
Ohio (see previous article). Vineyard 
Community Church is the result of 
a merger of the former Northview 
Brethren Life Church and the 
Franklin Vineyard Church. From its 
first Sunday the new church, unlike 
most mergers, has been larger than 
the combined total of the two sepa- 
rate churches. The congregation is 
growing to the point that it needs to 
remodel its building to add class- 
rooms. The church also sends short- 
term missions teams to Mexico and 
offers Bible institute training. 

Daniel and Kathy Rosales lead 
Iglesia de los Hermanos in Sara- 
sota, Florida. Daniel continues to 
evangelize Spanish-speaking people 
among a very transient population 
in central Florida. In addition to his 
pastoral work, Daniel is a well- 
known radio speaker and evangelist 
throughout Latin America. He is 
also mentoring another couple, Italo 
and Rebecca Abuid, in ministry. The 
Abuids are helping the Rosales start 
Bible studies and possibly a new 
Spanish-speaking church in Bran- 
don, Florida. Some day the Abuids 
will probably serve The Brethren 
Church in international missions. 

Jerry and Linda Barr lead the 
Gateway Brethren Fellowship 

in Hagerstown, Maryland. Jerry is a 

bi-vocational pastor He and Linda 
concentrate their ministry efforts 
within the apartment complex in 
which they live, but the outreach in- 
cludes the whole community. 

Special ministries 

United States missions also in- 
cludes three special ministries. The 
Brethren Church works in a sup- 
portive, though limited, role with 
Riverside Christian School in Lost 
Creek, Kentucky. This has the dis- 
tinction of being our oldest Breth- 
ren Mission work. Doran and Nancy 
Hostetler head the school, with 
capable assistance from Randy and 
Karen Best and a dedicated staff 
Several dozen students received 
Christ as their Lord and Savior 
through the ministry of Riverside 
during the 1997-98 school year 

The Brethren Church has also 
maintained a long-term supportive 
role in the ministry to Hispanics 

of Juan Carlos and Maria Miranda. 
Juan Carlos served the Brethren in 
several capacities over most of three 
decades in Latin American missions. 
Maria produces a radio program in 
Spanish, Para ti Mujer, which is 

heard around the world, but espe- 
cially in North and South America. 
Currently, the Brethren are part of 
a broader team of people who sup- 
port the Miranda's work through 
the Hispanic Education Association. 

Eugene and Georgia Bell conduct 
an Inner-City Ministry in Indi- 
anapolis, Indiana (see also page 12). 
Gene leads Bible studies, care 
groups of various kinds, children's 
ministries, and a food and clothing 
pantry. He operates the ministry 
under the supervision of the Indi- 
ana District Mission Ministry and 
the Muncie First Brethren Church. 
Brethren Missionary Ministries pro- 
vides help with accounting, promo- 
tion, and encouragement. 

Finally, Pat and Cathy Velanzon 
are leaders of a new Brethren 
church in Cross Keys, Virginia. The 
Cross Keys Worship Center was 

launched in 1998. Pastor Pat is lead- 
ing this new church as a pioneering 
church planter The new church has 
initiated some creative outreaches 
into the community. The group is 
entirely self-supporting. [1}"] 

Brethren Impact Church Planting 

A new way to start Brethren churches 

OUR GOAL in Brethren Im- 
pact Church Planting is to 
plant congregations that are 
larger and healthier at birth. 
These churches will have a better 
opportunity to grow more quickly. 
Starting a new church is like 
birthing a baby. Churches and 
babies require a full gestation 
period in order to develop properly. 
Preemies have a rough time. 

Five Phases of 


Brethren Impact Churches 

1. Building a solid foundation: 
prayer, vision, demogi'aphics, 
strategy, relationships, process of 
ministry, core development, lead- 
ership, and outreach. 

2. Reaching out for people: let- 
ting God direct the outreach, 
using marketing principles, exer- 
cising a variety of outreach op- 

tions, developing an outreach 
plan, and expanding a network of 
small groups. 

3. Preparing for a dynamic birth 
celebration: recruiting and train- 
ing leaders, aiming for a critical 
mass of 40-60 trained workers, 
holding practice celebrations, and 
executing the outreach plan. 

4. Helping the crowd become a 
church: celebrating the first pub- 
lic worship service, initiating fol- 
low-up, continuing evangelism, 
assimilating new peoples, expand- 
ing outreach, and beginning to be 
involved in missions. 

5. Developing the new church: 
growing from strength to strength, 
choosing a church board (phasing 
in a church board), starting new 
ministries to meet needs, starting 
another church, mentoring a new 
church planter, and purchasing 
property in a timely way. fD"! 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Waiting When Heaven is Silent 


By Jewell Johnson 


suffer through supermarket 
Hnes. Waiting rooms bore us. We are 
people on the move, Hving in the 
now. We don't hke to stand still. 

Yet slow times and periods of frus- 
tration come to all of us. A sickness 
lingers, a negative circumstance does 
not change. The time between prayer 
and answer stretches on and on. 

Joseph had such an experience 
(Gen. 39-41). While in prison, he in- 
terpreted the dreams of two fellow 
inmates, Pharaoh's chief butler and 
chief baker. He told the butler he 
would be freed, and the baker that 
he would be hanged. Events turned 
out just as he said they would. 

"Please remember me when you 
see Pharaoh," Joseph said to the 
butler as he was about to go free. 
But the butler forgot. So Joseph 
waited. For two full years he re- 
mained in jail. 

What did Joseph do? 

What did Joseph do while wait- 
ing? Did he wallow in self-pity? Did 
he seethe with bitterness at Poti- 

phar's wife? "She's the reason I'm 
here!" he could have thought. 

Did hatred for his brothers fill his 
waking moments? Or as he lay on 
his cot at night, did he shake his fist 
and blame God? 

Joseph took a different route, by- 
passing grudges, bitterness, and 
frustration. After two years he could 
stand before Pharaoh and calmly 
say, "It is not in me: God shall give 
Pharaoh an answer of peace" (Gen. 
41:16, KJV). Pharaoh marveled that 
Joseph was "a man in whom the 
spirit of God is" (41:38). 

Vhat can 

How do we handle our own times 
of waiting? What can we do when 
heaven seems silent and prayers go 

Let go. "Commit your way to the 
Lord; trust in him," the Psalmist 
says (Ps. 37:5, NW). Commit means 
to "consign to another." This does 
not mean that we stop praying 
about a situation, but it does mean 
we quit telling God what to do. In- 
stead we say, "Work this out in your 

Check out this web site 

GOSPEL FILMS, Inc., is a Chris- 
tian ministry that has learned 
to change with the times. It began 
50 years ago as a fledgling ministry 
dedicated to capturing the drama of 
the Christian story on film. Today it 
sponsors the largest and most popu- 
lar Christian web site on the Inter- 
net — an outreach called Gospelcom 

Last year Gospel Films, Inc., even 
outgrew its original name. It is now 
called Gospel Communications In- 
ternational, Inc. (GCI), a name that 
more accurately reflects the broad 
scope of its work. Nevertheless, it has 
held firmly to its mission of spread- 
ing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

"We've gone from being a pioneer 
in film evangelism to leading the 
way in high-tech, worldwide min- 
istry via the web," says GCI's board 

chairman Richard M. DeVos. "It's 
been an amazing journey, and a tes- 
timony of what God can do through 
the willing hands of a small group of 
men and women whose efforts are 
dedicated to Him." 

Launched in 1995, Gospelcom 
had more than 414 million hits in 
1998 from Internet users in 193 
countries and territories around the 
world. And what began in 1995 with 
10 founding groups has now grown 
into an online alliance of 157 sepa- 
rate but unified ministries. 

Not content to rest on their ac- 
complishments, GCI's leaders agree 
that this ministry must be ready to 
utilize new technologies in the next 
millennium. "With God's help," de- 
clares Billy Zeoli, GCI's president, 
"Gospel Communications will con- 
tinue as a cutting-edge ministry in 
this constantly changing world." ['3'] 

own way, Lord, in your own time." 

Rely on the Bible, the church, and 
Christian friends. Sometimes peo- 
ple withdraw from Christian fellow- 
ship when times get difficult. A 
friend stopped attending church 
when her teenage children became 
rebellious. That was two years ago. 
She has not returned, and the con- 
duct of her children is unchanged. 

Another mother took the opposite 
approach. She continued to partici- 
pate in her church during a family 
crisis. Each time she attended, she 
asked the group to pray for her 
sons. She received spiritual and 
emotional support, and eventually 
her children turned to God. 

Consistent Bible study, faithful 
church attendance, and Christian 
friendships can help to carry us 
through times of waiting and dis- 

Keep busy. Joseph did. Soon after 
Joseph's confinement began, the 
warden committed to him the re- 
sponsibility for all the prison's in- 
mates. Joseph faithfully performed 
menial tasks, doing what he could 
where he was. 

Others, too, have made important 
contributions during times of wait- 
ing. While Paul waited in Roman 
chains, he wrote letters to Chris- 
tians. John Bunyan authored Pil- 
grim's Progress in a dreary prison 
cell. Other believers have used times 
of waiting to memorize Scripture 
verses and hymns. 

Get involved in the lives of others. 
Difficult situations tend to blind us 
to the needs around us. We isolate 
ourselves. Joseph did not allow his 
own worries to keep him from rec- 
ognizing the needs of others. He be- 
came involved in their lives. 

Joseph's waiting time eventually 
ended. After two years, the butler's 
memory was jogged. Joseph was re- 
leased and given a position of honor. 

Not every period of waiting ends 
exactly the way we think it should. 
Yet God is faithful. David says, "I 
waited patiently for the LORD; he 
turned to me and heard my cry" (Ps. 
40:1, NIV). Our waiting is not in 
vain. Release is on the way. [1]"] 

Mrs. Johnson is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Springfield, Missouri. 

March 1999 


In Memory 

Enid W. Schrader, 51, a tent- 
maker in the STAKE church-plant- 
ing effort in the Florida District, 
died unexpec- 
tedly in her 
home in St. 
Cloud, Fla., on 
February 2. 

Enid was 
born August 
1947, in u 


New Leb- 
anon, Ohio, 
where she be- 

came a mem- 
ber of The Brethren Church in New 
Lebanon at an early age. She later 
attended the Hillcrest Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio. 

She served for two years at the 
House of Hope, a school for the 
blind in Bethlehem, Israel, where 
she cared for children. In 1994 she 
became one of nine tentmakers who 
began STAKE in the Orlando/ 
Kissimmee area of Florida. By 1998 
only Enid and Linda Yoder re- 
mained as tentmakers, and they de- 
cided to close the work at the end of 
the year. (See "'STAKE' tentmakers 
announce close of church-planting 
effort in central Florida" on pages 
10 & 11 of last month's issue.) Enid 
had hoped to move to another area 
where she could continue to work in 
a missions/ten tmaking effort. 

Enid was a sweet-spirited woman 
with a heart for the Lord and a love 
for children. She lived to bring others 
to Christ. A memorial service for her 
was held at The Brethren Church in 
New Lebanon, with Pastor Bill Walk 
officiating. Memorial contributions 
may be made to The Brethren 
Church of New Lebanon for future 
missionary endeavors. ['ij'] 

Hammond Ave. Brethren help distribute videos 
of "Jesus" film to every home in Waterloo, Iowa 

Waterloo, Iowa — On November 
7, 1998, 24 people from the Ham- 
mond Avenue Brethren Church in 
Waterloo joined more than 2,000 
people from 50 local congregations 
in Waterloo and Cedar Falls in dis- 
tributing video copies of the "Jesus" 
film to every household in these two 
neighboring cities. 

This historic event was the culmi- 
nation of a year of lay-motivated 
praying, planning, and promoting in 
the Christian community. It was 
also the first time a metropolitan 
area in Iowa had attempted such an 

The "Jesus" film, produced by 
Campus Crusade, is a dramatization 
of the life of Jesus based on the 
Gospel of Luke. The sound track to 
the film has been dubbed in hun- 
dreds of languages, and the film has 
been shown around the world. It 
has been used by God to bring thou- 
sands of people to faith in Jesus 

Those who distributed the videos 
met at a local high school on Satur- 
day, November 7, for a time of train- 
ing, a pep rally, and to pick up copies 
of the videos. A total of 40,000 
videos had been purchased (at $5 
each) by churches and individuals in 
the Waterloo area. The 2,000 people 
then went out two-by-two to every 
street in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, 
distributing the videos to every 
household that would receive one. If 
they found no one at home, they put 

a copy of the video on the door knob. 

The whole project was undergird- 
ed with prayer Christians in the 
area had been encouraged to begin 
praying for the success of the pro- 
ject weeks before the videos were 
distributed. They prayed for good 
weather, protection for the workers, 
and that people would receive the 
videos, watch them, and open their 
hearts to Jesus. Then on Saturday, 
October 31, one week before the dis- 
tribution day, hundreds of Chris- 
tians from the area (including eight 
from the Hammond Avenue Breth- 
ren Church) walked the streets of 
Waterloo and Cedar Falls praying 
for each household. 

"I am not sure what the result [of 
this project] will be," said Rev. Ron- 
ald L. Waters, pastor of the Ham- 
mond Avenue Brethren Church, 
"but I know God's Word will not 
return unto Him void. One of the 
great results of the project was that 
many 'brands' of Christians — 
Roman Catholic, African-American, 
liberals, and evangelicals — worked 
together This was the first time in 
history in this area that such a di- 
verse group of believers presented a 
unified ministry. We prayed, wor- 
shiped, gave, and worked together 
so that people who never walk 
through a church door would be 
introduced to Jesus Christ. It was a 
good, non-threatening experience of 
evangelism for our people." 
— reported by Pastor Ronald L. Waters 

Situation "alarming" in S. Sudan 

Wheaton, 111. — World Relief Pres- 
ident Olive Calver found the situa- 
tion in southern Sudan "alarming" 
in his recent visit to that area. 

It is not as bad as it was when he 
made his first visit there eight 
months ago, but it has the potential 
to escalate to that point within the 
next few months. In some areas, it 
could surpass the suffering seen last 
year. "Much hinges on the crop re- 
cently harvested, and most esti- 
mates are that it is not nearly ade- 
quate," Calver reports. 

The World Food Program esti- 
mates that 2.4 million people in 
southern Sudan continue to need 
emergency food aid in order to sur- 
vive. World Relief is providing food 
daily to almost 2,000 children and 
medicines to serve 180,000 people. 

In addition. World Relief is work- 
ing with church groups in three re- 
gions of southern Sudan to help 
build back into the communities 
the infrastructures (schools, clinics, 
local governments) that have been 
destroyed by war. These are neces- 
sary in order for people to survive 
on their own. [If] 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Persecution of Christians in India prompts 
Kumars to appeal for prayers of U.S. Brethren 

Rajahmundry, India — Brethren 
Missionaries Dr. K. Prasanth and 
Nirmala Kumar have sent an ur- 
gent appeal requesting that Breth- 
ren across the United States "pray 
and plead for the safety of Chris- 
tians, pastors, and missionaries in 
India and for the extension of [our] 
Lord's kingdom on earth." 

The reason for their appeal is an 
outbreak of persecution that has 
occurred in India in recent weeks. 
In January, news media around the 
world reported the death of an Aus- 

tralian missionary and his two sons, 
who were burnt alive while sleeping 
in a station wagon. Hindu fanatics 
poured gasoline over the vehicle and 
set it aflame. 

According to the Kumars, this was 
just one incident in a movement of 
persecution of Christians that is 
spreading across India. It began in 
Bihar State and, according to Dr. 
Kumar, has been rapidly moving 
into all the states. Using brutal 
methods of burning and killing, 
Hindu religious fanatics are trying 

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright honors 
World Relief's Miami area director Tom Willey 

Miami, Fla. — Secretary of State 
Madeleine Albright met with Tom 
Willey, World Reliefs Miami area 
director, on February 5 to person- 
ally thank him for his leadership 
role in aiding victims of Hurricane 
Mitch in Central America. 

With the aid of hundreds of vol- 
unteers and church congregations, 
Willey and his World Relief staff 
channeled 1.7 million pounds of re- 
lief goods from Miami to Hurricane 
Mitch victims in Honduras, Nica- 
ragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. 
The donated supplies were dis- 
tributed by World Relief and its 
church partners in each country. 

World Relief continues to provide 
relief supplies to these countries 
devastated by Hurricane Mitch. 
What the hurricane destroyed in a 
week will take years to rebuild, and 
it will take a substantial investment 
of donations, prayer, and long-term 
friendship. To help provide these. 
World Relief has launched what it is 
calling the Projimos Campaign (pi-o- 
jimo — a friend, neighbor, or person 
nearby). This campaign renews 
World Reliefs commitment to its 
Central American friends as they 
face the incredible challenge of re- 
building their lives. 

The Projimos Campaign is dedi- 
cated to raising critical funds to 
continue the work that World Relief 
began years ago in these countries. 
The goal is to raise $2 million over 
two years. These funds will help 

World Relief accomplish three goals: 

1. Provide much-needed emer- 
gency relief and aid (food, shelter, 
medicine) for those hit hardest by 
Hurricane Mitch. 

2. Continue efforts to strengthen 
World Reliefs long-term economic 
development strategies in existing 
successful programs, such as hous- 
ing reconstruction, agricultural 
assistance, and LifeLoans to restart 
income-producing businesses. 

3. Fulfill World Reliefs ultimate 
vision of demonstrating God's love 
in a tangible way to its Central 
American friends. 


Using the donation processing 
system already in place, World Re- 
lief in Miami was also able to rush 
20,000 pounds of relief supplies to 
earthquake victims in Colombia, 
South America, immediately after 
the February 1 earthquake occurred 
there. That shipment of emergency 
supplies was the beginning of a 
larger response now being provided 
by World Relief 

Donations to support the relief 
work either in Colombia or in coun- 
tries devastated by Hurricane Mitch 
may be sent to "Brethren Mission- 
ary Ministries" at The Brethren 
Church National Office, 524 College 
Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. Please 
write "World Relief — Colombia" or 
"World Relief — Hurricane Mitch" 
on the memo line of the check. [Ij'] 

. ^ nd t/i e 

to destroy the roots of Christianity 
throughout India. It is reported that 
they are preparing a hit list of im- 
portant Christian leaders whom 
they will seek to kill. 

The burning of the missionary 
and his two sons occurred in Orissa 
State, which is next to Andhra Pra- 
desh, the state where the Kumars 
live and in which the Brethren Mis- 
sion is located. It has also been 
reported that in some places in 
Andhra state, pastors have been 
sent threatening letters in an effort 
to stop baptisms. 

In calling on Brethren in the U.S. 
to pray, the Kumars are asking Amer- 
ican Brethren to do what Brethren 
in India are already doing. Prasanth 
and Nirmala write, "We would like 
to inform you that our Lord has 
been strengthening us through a 
powerful weapon which we have 
been practicing in our Brethren 
Church in India for a very long time. 
That is prayer. For the last few years 
we have been having an 'around the 
clock' prayer program in our Breth- 
ren Church, where pastors and peo- 
ple pray all the time for the needs of 
the people." 

The Kumars go on to say, "Now 
our Brethren are comforted and 
consoled in all their persecution by 
praying at the Lord's feet to uphold 
them at the times of their trials and 
tribulations." And they add, "We re- 
quest all the Brethren across the 
country to pray for us." [1]"] 

People aren't thinking any- 
more. For thinking we have 
substituted entertainment. The 
substitution has been so effec- 
tive that many of us believe that 
entertainment actually makes 
us think. Television bombards 
us with images that allow no 
time for assimilation. It actual- 
ly keeps us from thinking. 

— James Montgomery Boice 

March 1999 



Ashland, Ohio — Margaret Hess, 
a member of Park Street Brethren 
Church in Ashland, was recently 
named Volunteer of the Year by the 
United Way of Ashland County. 

Mrs. Hess worked with the United 
Way Campaign this year, as she has 
the past several 
years, helping 
the organization 
raise pledges. In 
recognition of 
her service and 
her selection as 
Volunteer of the 
Year, she re- 
ceived a "throw" 
with a United Way emblem on it. 

Mrs. Hess is involved in a variety 
of other Ashland organizations. She 
serves on the Ashland City Schools 
Academic Foundation, which raises 
funds for projects of the city schools, 
and is a member of the Academic 
Boosters at Ashland High School. 
She is also a very active member of 
Park Street Brethren Church, where 
she helps her husband Jim, who is 
moderator of the congregation, with 
the youth Sunday school class. 

Mrs. Hess also seeks to serve in 
ways that will benefit her sons and 
their classmates. Her older son, Tim, 
a senior at Ashland High School (and 
a member of the national Brethren 
Youth In Christ Steering Commit- 
tee) sings in the a cappella choir, for 
which Mrs. Hess volunteers her ser- 
vices. Her younger son, Mark, is an 
eighth-grader at Ashland Middle 
School, where Mrs. Hess is one of 
two parent representatives serving 
on the Venture Capital Committee. 

Mrs. Hess says that she likes to 
volunteer because most volunteer 
terms are short and offer a flexible 
schedule, allowing her to experience 
many different activities and to see 
results. She said it also gives her an 
opportunity to be with friends. [IJ] 

Inner-City Ministry using a variety of means 
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Indianapolis, Ind. — A Saturday 
afternoon Kids Klub and an after- 
school ministry are two ways the 
Inner-City Ministry, operated by 
Eugene and Georgia Bell, is seeking 
to reach children in Indianapolis. 


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level. The children are divided by 
age group and take part in age- 
appropriate activities that focus on 
their spiritual, social, academic, and 
cultural development. Audio-visual 
materials, arts and crafts, recre- 
ational activities, and field trips are 
used with the children. Dr. Bell also 
takes some of the children with him 
occasionally when he visits Breth- 
ren churches, in order to introduce 
them to the denomination. 

The after-school ministry is a new 
venture of the Inner-City Ministry. 
Partnering with other individuals in 
two different communities, the 
Bells provide after-school educa- 
tional tutoring and related activities 
for inner-city children. In addition 
to helping the children, Dr. Bell sees 
this ministry as a way to build 
bridges to eventually reach some of 
the parents of these children. 

Recently, thanks to help from some 
Brethren congregations, the Inner- 
City Ministry was able to take 14 
children for an overnight stay at the 
Brethren Retreat Center in Ship- 
shewana, Ind. This was a new kind 
of experience for most of these 

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enough memory to be a 

successful liar. 

— Abraham Lincoln 

inner-city children. They said they 
really had a good time, and several 
of the children have expressed an 
interest in attending summer camp. 

Providing food, clothing, and 
emergency financial assistance to 
needy families; giving spiritual 
counseling; and referring families to 
appropriate community agencies 
are some of the other activities of 
the Inner-City Ministiy In addition. 
Dr. Bell conducts home Bible studies 
with several families, and twice a 
month he leads a group Bible study 
for a pastor friend who has a small 
congregation in the community. 

A ministry of this kind has many 
needs: Bibles, educational materials, 
clothing, food, financial assistance, 
and prayer For more information 
on how you can help, contact Dr. 
Eugene Bell by phone at 317-353- 
9927 or by letter at 436 N. Riley 
Ave., Indianapohs IN 46201. [1>] 

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Vol.121, No. 4 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

April 1999 

What-v ^n IVEdo 
about the cr. ^is in Kosovo? 

""VTATO forces bomb Yugoslavia." 
Xi "Serbs accused of genocide." 
"Air assault on Kosovo broadened." 
These are a few of the headlines that 
have greeted us in recent weeks. 

The headlines are alarming enough, 
but when we read the stories that go 
with them, we are even more dis- 
mayed. Ethnic cleansing and reli- 
gious wai's have taken the lives of 
thousands. Tens of thousands in 
Kosovo have been forced to leave 
their country as refugees. 

And it's all so confusing. Who ex- 
actly are these people? Why can't 
they get along? What are the issues? 
Who is in the right and who in the 
wrong? Is there any hope for peace? 
We tend to throw up our hands in 
despair and move on to other 
things. After all, "What can I do 
about it anyway?" 

We can pray 

But there is something you and I 
can do about it. First of all, we can 
pray — and I certainly don't mean for 
this to sound trite. There is certain- 
ly more than physical wai'fare going 
on in that region of the world; there 
is spiritual warfare as well. We need 
to enlist in God's army and join the 
battle on our knees. 

As we pray, we will be "fighting" 
alongside Christians in that country 
who are also engaged in prayer Yes, 
there are concerned, praying Chris- 
tians there. A recent news release 
from World Relief reported that 
prior to the beginning of NATO air 
strikes, Serbian evangelical Chris- 
tians in Belgrade, the capital, were 
praying around the clock and fast- 
ing every Tuesday on behalf of their 
country. Their prayers were that the 
desire for political power be re- 

placed by a passion for peace, justice, 
and the preservation of God's mirac- 
ulous creation — human life. I think 
we could join them in that prayer! 

Along with this, Dr Clive Calver, 
president of World Relief, has sug- 
gested three specific subjects for 
prayer: (1) for the 450,000 refugees 
displaced from Kosovo since fight- 
ing began last year; (2) for evangeli- 
cal churches in Kosovo, which are 
tiying to remain strong in the midst 
of crisis; and (3) for relief efforts to 
elderly Bosnian and Croatian refu- 
gees in Serbia, which have been sus- 
pended because of the bombings. 

But Christians in Yugoslavia are 
not just praying. They are putting 
hands and feet to their prayers. In 
February and March, churches in 
Belgrade delivered 17 tons of food 
and 7.5 tons of children's clothing, 
vitamins, and 900 bed sheets to 
Kosovo war victims. They continued 
to deliver aid even after other aid 
groups working in the region evacu- 
ated their staff "Serbian evangeli- 
cals in Yugoslavia are pressing 
ahead with their work and prayers 
for peace at great risk to them- 
selves," says Arne Bergstrom, World 
Reliefs Vice President of Interna- 
tional Ministries, "and they need 
our prayers of support." 

More than prayers 

But they need more than our 
prayer support. They also need our 
assistance. That brings me to the 
second thing we can do about the 
crisis in Kosovo: We can help these 
Christians with their relief efforts 
by our offerings to World Relief 

Christians in Yugoslavia don't 
have the means to provide all the 
help that is needed. They must look 

to outside agencies for assistance. 
World Relief is one of those agen- 
cies. In line with its policy of 
"churches helping churches meet 
human needs", World Relief has 
been partnering in Yugoslavia with 
Bread of Life, the outreach arm of 
the Serbian evangelical churches. 

But in order to maintain that part- 
nership. World Relief must receive 
support from churches (and individ- 
uals in those churches) in the United 
States — churches like yours and mine 
and individuals like you and me. 

Making a difference 

The prayers and the relief efforts 
of Christians in Belgrade are mak- 
ing a difference. Usually evangelical 
Christians in Yugoslavia are consid- 
ered to be cult members and are 
viewed with scorn. But when bombs 
began to fall around Belgrade, a 
local evangelical relief worker found 
her apartment full of neighbors. 
They came seeking words of comfort 
and hope from her New Testament. 

We can be part of this by our 

prayers and by our gifts to World 

Relief Yes, we can do something 

about the crisis in Kosovo. [I]*] 

— Richard Winfield, Editor 

Inside this issue 

From Jesus, with love 


Today's teens in the church 


Escaping sexual suicide 


A unique ministry of caring 


Celebrating two birth Sundays 


Brethren international missions 


Around the denomination 




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From Jesus, With Love 

By Linda Barr 


from Jesus 120 youth and their 
advisors received February 12-14 at 
the National Brethren Youth In 
Christ (BYIC) Rally! This annual 
event was held this year at the 
Holidome in Beaver Falls, Pa. The 
theme of the rally, taken from 
1 Peter 1:9-12, was "Shout it Out!" 
Holding anything in Pennsylvania 
in February is a little scary, and this 
year was no different. The weather 
forecast for the weekend was not 
very promising. But with much 
prayer by many people, everyone 
arrived safely and on time. 

A sense of expectancy 

Following some icebreakers led by 
the Three Seasons BYIC, the tone 
for the weekend was set by an awe- 
inspiring Concert of Prayer directed 
by Pastors Terry Gindlesperger and 
T.J. McLaughlin. The devil tried to 
get his foot in the door, with secular 
music blaring from the hotel bar. 
But the prayers of God's people rose 
above all the din. We left that 
evening with a sense of expectancy 
of what God was going to accom- 
plish during the remainder of our 
time together 

After a hearty breakfast Saturday 
morning, we spent time in praise 
and worship and then broke into 
groups for our seminars. The junior 
high seminar leader was Jaime 
Gillespie, and the senior high/post 
high leader was Dr Lee Solomon. 

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We had three intense sessions dur- 
ing the day and really learned a lot! 
Both leaders were very creative in 
presenting their seminars, and both 
did an excellent job in getting their 
points across. We left the seminars 
excited about shouting out the good 
news of Jesus. To better prepare us 
for this task, we spent some time 
praying in small groups. 

Following an afternoon spent 
enjoying the pool, hot tub, sauna, 
mini-golf, ping pong, arcade games, 
and just visiting with friends, we 
enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner. 
After the meal, Richard Billman of 
Ashland University told us what the 
university has to offer and also gave 
us some good advice about financial 
aid for college. Then Jaime Gilles- 
pie, the newly-appointed National 
Youth Leader, told about Summer 
Ministry opportunities. 

After a short break, we returned 
for an evening of awesome dramas 
by the HOPE Drama Team of Ash- 
land University. This group is led by 
Rachel Pennington, Spokesperson 
for the National BYIC Steering 
Committee. Some of the people at 
the bar must have heard us "shout- 
ing it out," because they came in to 
watch one of the performances! The 
dramas challenged us in a most 
meaningful way to remember what 
Jesus has done for us and what it 
means to be a Christian. Pastor T.J. 
McLaughlin followed with his own 
challenge to us to "shout it out." 

An unplanned blessing 

The planned part of the evening 
was over — at least what we had 
planned. But Jesus was not finished 
blessing us. A small gi'oup gathered 
on the third floor and began singing 
praise songs. The lifeguard asked us 
to come down by the pool and sing. 
She said she knew all the songs we 
were singing, for she lifeguards at a 
Baptist camp in the summer 

By this time our numbers had 
grown. As we began to "shout it 

out," people came out on their bal- 
conies to listen. Some of them were 
the people from the bar who had 
dropped in at the dramas. They 
heard the Brethren Youth proclaim 
the awesomeness of God, their de- 
sire to know and serve Him, and the 
message of the Gospel through a 
variety of praise choruses and scrip- 
tural songs. Even the managers 
came out to listen! What a beautiful 
time of praise, thanksgiving, and 
testimony! The Lord even opened 
the door for some of us to talk with 
other guests about Him. What a fit- 
ting close to a tremendous day! 

A special Sunday 

The Lord had something special 
in store for us on Sunday as well. 
The members of the National BYIC 
Steering Committee were in charge 
of the morning worship service. 
They led us in several praise songs, 
ending with "Shine, Jesus, Shine." 
This song was picked because it is 
Jaime Gillespie's favorite. When we 
finished singing it, Tony Price of the 
National Youth Ministry Advisory 
Group led us in a laying on of hands 
ceremony for Jaime to commission 
her for the new ministry to which 
God has called her All present took 
part in this service. 

Aaron Hollewell, a member of the 
Steering Committee and our morn- 
ing speaker, read from James 5 and 
then asked for anointing for healing 
of physical ailments of unknown ori- 
gin that he has been suffering. Rev. 
David Cooksey, Aaron's former pas- 
tor, anointed Aaron, asking those 
who were especially close to Aaron 
to lay hands on him and pray. Then, 
with the aid of a mind-boggling 
scientific experiment, Aaron chal- 
lenged us to put God and His will 
first in our lives and to let every- 
thing else fall into its proper place. 
At the conclusion of his message, we 
closed our weekend with a hearty 
rendition of "Shout to the Lord!" 

I believe all of us who attended 
the rally left with hearts filled with 
joy and love — our special valentine 
from Jesus! [D] 

Mrs. Barr of the Gateway Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md., is BYIC 
Steering Committee and Council As- 
sistant and a member of the Youth 
Ministry Advisory Group. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Today's Teens: 
Do They Fit in Our Churches? 

By Dan Lawson 

IN MARK 10:13-16 we read an 
account of people bringing their 
children to Jesus for His blessing. 
As you may recall, the disciples 
tried to stop the children from 
coming to Jesus. When Jesus real- 
ized this, Mark says that He was 
indignant. He told the disciples, 
"Let the little children come to me 
. . . for the kingdom of God belongs 
to such as these" (v. 14, Niv). 

When we reflect on this passage, 
our immediate thought should be, 
"What are we doing to bring our 
children to Jesus?" And I'm not 
thinking of just the little children 
about whom Mark's Gospel seems 
to speak. I'm also including today's 
teens, the group I referred to in 
last month's article as the Millen- 
nial Generation. 

We sometimes tend to overlook 
teen-agers. They seem to speak 
their own language and live in 
their own world, and we just don't 
understand them. In the church 
we sometimes cater to the needs of 
little children and adults, while 
unintentionally ignoring the teen- 
agers. Then we wonder why they 
feel abandoned by the church (see 
last month's article) and why they 
stop attending church services as 
soon as they leave for college. 

A passion to be involved 

As I noted last month. Millenni- 
al Teens are passionate. They des- 
perately want to be part of what is 
happening around them. They are 
not content to sit back and wait 
their turn. They see how the envi- 
ronment is being ruined by pollu- 
tion. They see the economy going 
down hill. And they recognize the 
dangers of immoral behavior and 
sexual promiscuity. Their attitude 
is, "If I don't get involved now, there 
may be nothing of value left when 
I'm an adult." So they get passion- 

ately involved in groups like True 
Love Waits and in other organiza- 
tions in which they can take a 
stand for what they believe in. As 
a church, we need to make a place 
for them to be passionate about 

A longing to feel connected 

Teens today long to be connect- 
ed. They, like the generations 
before them, find their identity in 
relationships. "Skaters" hang out 
with "Skaters"; "Preps" hang out 
with "Preps"; and so on. Teens 
want to find someplace where they 
fit in. As a church, we need to give 
them such a place. We need to help 
them get connected to Jesus and 
to find their true identity in Him 
and in His body, the church. 
/" s 

"As a church, we must find 
creative ways to demon- 
strate to our young people 
just how much they matter 

to us and to God." 

»s y 

Teens are also authentic. This is 
nothing new. Kids have always 
been authentic. Serve any child 
liver and onions and he will prob- 
ably find some way to honestly let 
you know what he thinks about 
liver and onions. Kids say what 
they think. Watch one episode of 
Bill Cosby's progi'am, "Kids Say 
the Darndest Things," and you'll 
see what I mean. Millennial Teens 
are no different. They may be 
older, but they have not lost that 
quality of honesty. 

Most adults have learned to side- 
step issues, put up false fronts, and 
flat out lie about their feelings. We 
should treasure the honesty and 
authenticity of the Millennial Gen- 
eration. When we ask them what 

they think about church, we should 
be prepared for an honest answer, 
and we shouldn't punish them for 
sajdng what they really believe. 

We live in a harsh, frightening 
world, and it seems to get more 
wicked all the time. Today's youth 
are being forced to grow up all too 
quickly, and they can find this very 
frightening. When a small child is 
frightened, her first instinct is to 
climb up on her mother's lap to 
feel safe and secure. Millennial 
Teens are not likely to climb up on 
their pai-ents' laps, but the desire 
for safety is still there. The church 
needs to provide a safe haven for 
them where they can feel the secu- 
rity of a genuine, authentic rela- 
tionship with God. 

A desire to matter 

Whenever I am working on my 
car or doing something in my shop, 
my eight-year-old son comes to see 
what I am doing. His response is 
never, "Gee, Dad, I see that you 
are doing something of great sig- 
nificance, and I wonder if it would 
be appropriate for me to stand 
here and observe your activity?" 
Instead he says, "Dad, can I help?" 
He wants to pick up the tools, turn 
the bolts, and get grease on his 
hands too. 

This attitude of wanting to help 
is very similar to the passionate 
involvement I mentioned earlier. 
Millennial Teens, like everyone 
else, want to feel significant. They 
want to know that they are impor- 
tant to you and in the world around 
them. As a church we must find 
creative ways to demonstrate to 
our young people just how much 
they matter to us and to God. 
Seeking their opinions about the 
mission of the church and includ- 
ing them in the ministries of the 
church can go a long way in ac- 
complishing this objective. [^^}] 

Next month: Specific ways the church 
can include Millennial Teens in the 
Body of Christ. 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles 
in which he applies Bible truths to 
our personal lives. 

April 1999 

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By Robert Westfall 


BYRON PAULUS of Life Action 
Ministries tells of the following 
experience, which he had while on a 
recent commuter airline flight to 
Knoxville, Tennessee: 

Shortly after I got on the plane, 
the copilot's voice came over the 
intercom with an announcement 
that jolted me, "When the captain 
boards the aircraft, please ap- 
plaud. He just learned that his 
fiancee is pregnant with twins!" 

I could hardly believe my ears! 
As the dozen or so other passen- 
gers broke out into cheers and ap- 
plause, I felt a sickening thud in 
my stomach. "Has it come to this," 
I wondered, "that we would be en- 
couraged to applaud an act of for- 
nication? Has our society really 
drifted this far from her spiritual 
and moral moorings?" 

Something that would have been 
a shame to mention a generation 
ago is now flaunted and cheered. I 
found myself grieving over a soci- 
ety that is practicing and promot- 
ing casual sex.* 

What the world applauds should 
be grieved, just as the death of a 
loved one is grieved. It should be 
grieved, because sexual immorality 
is suicidal. 

God's will for our lives is sexual 
purity. Paul makes this clear in 
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, where he de- 
clares: "It is God's will that you 
should be holy; that you should avoid 
sexual immorality; that each of you 
should learn to control his own body 
in a way that is holy and honorable, 
not in passionate lust like the hea- 
then, who do not know God; . . . ."** 

We walk down the path of destruc- 

* Revival Report, Nov 1993, Page 1. 
**A11 quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 

tion when we violate God's will and 
practice sexual immorality. King Solo- 
mon made it explicitly clear in Prov- 
erbs 5:1-23 and 6:20-7:27 that sex- 
ual immorality leads to destruction. 

Sexual immorality of any kind is 
extremely dangerous. It destroys 
family life. It erodes a person's abil- 
ity to love. It degrades human be- 
ings and turns them into objects. It 
can lead to disease. It can result in 
unwanted children. And ultimately, 
it destroys us. 

During the 13th century, many 
strange devices were created to tor- 
ture and kill people. Perhaps the 
most deceptive was a life-size statue 
of a beautiful woman in an attractive 
setting. Her arms were outstretched 
as if to offer a loving embrace. 

When the cruel men in charge of 
this evil invention wished to see an 
enemy die a horrible death, they 
would tell him he was among a 
select few who were privileged to 
view the carved figure. Often the 
superstitious victim would be so fas- 
cinated by the statue that he would 
draw closer and closer to inspect its 
beauty. But as he stood directly in 
front of it, the arms would suddenly 
move forward and clutch him, while 
a hundred knives simultaneously 
emerged to pierce his body. 

Two critical truths 

We need to recognize two critical 
truths as we fight to be sexually 
pure. First, everyone is vulnerable 
to temptation. Paul declares, "So, if 
you think you are standing firm, be 
careful that you don't fall!" (1 Cor. 
10:12; see also, Rom. 7:14-24). If we 
were transpai'ent with each other, 
we would admit how vulnerable we 
are to saying yes to temptation. No 
one is immune. Even though we, as 

believers in Jesus Christ, have died ( 
to sin, we still wrrestle with the old 
sin nature. For those who think 
they are too strong to commit sexual 
sin— BEWARE! 

Any lion trainer will tell you that 
there is no such thing as a tame 
lion. A lion may be on his good be- 
havior today, and tomorrow he may 
be a whirlwind of ferocity. The lion 
may eat out of your hand, or permit 
you to put your head into his mouth 
today, but tomorrow, if a sudden 
fury arises within his wild heart, he 
may tear you limb from limb. Any- 
one entering the cage does so at 
great risk. The thirst for blood is 
there, and sometimes it flares up. 

Victory is possible 

Second, everyone can have victory 
over temptation. After emphasizing 
our vulnerability to sin, Paul goes on 
to state, "No temptation has seized 
you except what is common to man. 
And God is faithful; he will not let 
you be tempted beyond what you can 
bear But when you are tempted, he 
will also provide a way out so that 
you can stand up under it" (1 Cor. 
10:13; see also 2 Cor 10:4). 

After kicking out the props of our 
false security, Paul points toward 
the One on whom we can rely. The 
temptations that seize us are like 
those that people have always faced. 
They can be met and endured by de- 
pending on God, who is faithful and 
will make a way for us to endure the 
temptation and not sin. 

We must realize how vulnerable 
we are, and always be on the alert. 
Jesus declared, "Watch and pray so 
that you will not fall into tempta- 
tion. The spirit is willing, but the 
body is weak" (Matt. 26:41). 

If we don't gain the victory, then 
we will commit sexual suicide. "But 
a man who commits adultery lacks 
judgment; whoever does so destroys 
himself" (Prov. 6:32). 

Take hope. Brethren! Every one of 
us can have victory over sexual im- 
morality, in spite of our vulnerabili- 
ty to it. How can we be on the alert? 
What can we do when temptation 
strikes? Next month we will look at 
some practical steps to gaining vic- 
tory over sexual temptation. [^J] 

Rev. Westfall is pastor of the Fiist 
Brethren Church in Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


A Unique Ministry of Caring 
for the Church and Community 


In December 1998, First Brethren 
Church of South Bend, Ind., began a 
ministry that may be unique in The 
Brethren Church — the ministry of a 
Congregational Nurse. In the follow- 
ing article. Rev. Larry Baker, pas- 
tor of First Brethren in South Bend, 
explains the purpose of this ministry 
and tells how it is working. 

UTTTHAT'S a Congregational 
VV Nurse? I've never heard of 
this before." "Is this something 
new?" "What will a Congregational 
Nurse do?" "What's it going to cost 
us?" These are some of the ques- 
tions that people at First Brethren 
Church in South Bend asked last 
summer when they learned about a 
unique opportunity for the congre- 
gation to partner with Memorial 
Hospital of South Bend to provide a 
Congregational Nurse for the 

Dr. Bill Wassner, pastor of First 
Christian Church in South Bend, a 
church that has had a Congi-ega- 
tional Nurse for more than three 
years, and Suzanne Bush, a regis- 
tered nurse (R.N.) who is a member 
of First Brethren, explained to our 
church that a Congregational Nurse 
is a specially-trained Registered 
Nurse who partners with an exist- 
ing pastoral care team to provide 20 
hours of physical and spiritual min- 
istry per week to the congregation 
and to the community of which the 
church is a part. The work of the 
Congregational Nurse is guided by 
the church's Wellness Committee. 

A good deal! 

In order to implement this pro- 
gram. Memorial Hospital pays 100 
percent of the Congregational 
Nurse's salary and travel expenses 
the first year, 80 percent the second 
year, 60 percent the third year, and 
so on. This gives a congregation 
time to learn the value of a Congre- 
gational Nurse before the position 
becomes a major budget item. It is 
also Memorial Hospital's way of giv- 

ing something back to the commu- 
nity in the form of community- 
based health care. 

Why have a Nurse? 

On average, more than 50 percent 
of pastoral visits are made to people 
with some kind of health issue. 
Many home visits end with the pas- 
tor saying, "Don't forget to call your 
doctor as soon as I leave." The Con- 
gi'egational Nurse is someone who 
can help these people with the 
specifics of their health needs and 
act as an advocate on their behalf 

The Congregational Nurse is also 
a great help when people return 
home from the hospital. At such 
times, a person's needs may be more 
practical than spiritual, but they are 
important none the less. For exam- 
ple, the Nurse may 
need to explain 
again the instruc- 
tions that were 
given when the per- 
son left the hospital 
(which seemed clear 
then but now seem 
fuzzy). Or she may 
need to connect the 
patient with care 
ministries or ser- 
vices in the church 
or community. 

From the Congre- 
gational Nurse's 
point of view, serv- 
ing in this capacity 
offers an opportunity to practice 
holistic nursing. This type of care is 
generally not found in a hospital, a 
nursing home, or a doctor's office. 
Caring for the mind, body, and spir- 
it of a person puts that person on a 
pathway to total health and well- 
ness. A person's entire life-span — 
including health, illness, death, and 
grief — come under the Congrega- 
tional Nurse's care. And the spirits 
of all are nurtured in the process. 

At South Bend First Brethren 
Church, after an interview and selec- 
tion process that involved much 

prayer, Penny Shepard (R.N.) began 
serving as Congregational Nurse at 
the end of December 1998. She 
spends 20 hours per week in min- 
istry, providing health education, 
home and hospital visits, health 
screenings, and healthy life-style 
programs that benefit both the con- 
gregation and the community. She 
works the remainder of her week as 
an oncology nurse at Memorial Hos- 
pital and Hospice of Michiana. 

Penny is a member of First Chris- 
tian Church in South Bend, where 
she serves as an elder and as a mem- 
ber of a Praise Team led by Rev. 
Brad Hardesty With the help of 
the Health Awareness Committee, 
chaired by Lorinda Wallin, she has 
already begun some healthy life- 
style programs at First Brethren: 
blood-pressure screenings on one 
Sunday a month; a mall-walking 
group called the Emmaus Walkers; 
and a bi-monthly Health Education 
Night that will deal with topics like 
stress reduction, summer safety, dia- 
betes, first aid, and CPR. Other pro- 
grams being considered include a 

South Bend's Congregational Nurse Penny Shepard 
(I.) takes Margaret Henry's blood pressure. 

Weigh-Down workshop, blood drives, 
and helping members of the congre- 
gation maintain up-to-date health 
histories and advanced directives. 

The ministry of the Congregation- 
al Nurse and the Health Awareness 
Committee certainly is helping peo- 
ple in our congregation. It also helps 
to share the love of Jesus in practi- 
cal ways to our community. Look 
around your congregation and your 
community for opportunities to 
partner with others in ministry. It 
will be a blessing to you and bring 
honor to Christ. [1]'] 

April 1999 

Celebrating the Birth of Two 

Oasis Community Cliurcli ' 

AT 8:45 a.m on Sunday, March 7, 
1999, people began streaming 
from the parking lot into Shumway 
Elementary School in Chandler, Ari- 
zona, for the first public worship 
service of Oasis Community Church. 
A total of 165 people gathered in the 
cafeteria and several classrooms for 
the event. There was hardly a dry 
eye among the church's team mem- 
bers as they watched the first birth 
moments of this infant church. 

Through songs that spoke of God's 
holiness and grace, in a message by 
Pastor Jim Miller that proclaimed 
that God is crazy about people, and 
through a drama that reinforced 
this message of love, God's undeni- 
able presence was felt in the service. 

Following the service, many of 
those who had come for worship 
stayed for birthday cake to celebrate 
the birth of this church. Pastors Jim 
Miller and Glenn Black fielded nu- 
merous inquiries during a question 
and answer session. Meanwhile, the 
children learned in their Discovery 
Class that Jesus is their Friend. 

Two prospective Oasis members 
indicated on their response cards 
that they are interested in learning 
more about how to have a personal 
relationship with Jesus. Another 

woman said that this was her first 
experience in a Christian church, 
and that she was trying to deter- 
mine what part religion should play 
in the raising of her children. 

Answered prayers 

The Oasis team was awed by God's 
many answers to their prayers, which 
resulted in the successful birth of 
the church. All team members were 

'Birth Sunday is over, 
hut the adventure of 
Oasis has just begun.' 
— Pastor Jim Miller 

healthy enough to participate — 
even the lighting technician, who 
has had four operations in the last 
six months! Jenny Grumbling, who 
gave birth to a daughter three 
weeks prior to the opening service, 
overcame recovery complications 
and was able to sing on the worship 
team! Aly Pflugfelder recovered 
from the multiple bouts of bronchi- 
tis she has had since Christmas just 
in time to take charge of the nurs- 
ery. Birth Sunday Project Director 
Grace Marsh recovered from an 

Getting balloons ready for the celebration. On the building behind them, the Oasis 
Contmunity Church sign covering the Shumway Elementaiy School sign was so con- 
vincing that one man asked how much the mortgage payments were on the building. 

asthma attack that occurred earlier 
in the week and was able to oversee 
the entire morning. Pastor Jim, 
after sending out an urgent prayer 
request, was able to resist the flu. 

Just one week before birth Sun- 
day, Prayer Director Becki Fulmer 
had her car window smashed and 
her Bible and purse stolen while she 
was spending a day in prayer for 
Oasis. She overcame this setback and 
spent birth Sunday in prayer as the 
services transpired. Nursery Direc- 
tor Aly Pflugfelder was a little upset 
when she learned that the company 
through which Oasis planned to hire 
nursery workers was unable to sup- 
ply workers. However, three women 
from Tucson First Brethren Church 
came to the rescue! 

Sometimes you have to laugh 

Oasis signs were so convincing 
(including one that covered the 
Shumway Elementary School sign) 
that one man wanted to know what 
our mortgage was on the place. 

When we set up the cafeteria for 
the service, we pulled all the benches 
and tables outside to make more 
room. During the service, a bonafide 
desert dust storm kicked up, cover- 
ing them with dust. Wiping down 
every crevice of those benches and 
tables certainly added to our tear- 
down duties! 

The Thompsons, a couple who at- 
tended the service, were telling their 
neighbors about Oasis. The neigh- 
bors wondered if the Thompsons had 
placed an Oasis balloon on their front 
porch. The Thompsons said they 
hadn't, but added that in the morn- 
ing's sermon they heard that God is 
crazy about people, so He must be 
crazy enough about their neighbors 
to blow a balloon onto their porch to 
invite them to church. There's the 
blessing of that dust storm. 

Before the Big Day 

Much effort was sent getting 

ready for Birth Sunday at Oasis. 

Large postcards were sent three dif- 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

More* Brethren Congregations 

Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship 

The senices of Eagle s Nest Christian Fellowship are held in the Community Center 
at the Grissom Aeroplex near Peru, Indiana. 

THE BIRTHING of the Eagle's 
Nest Christian Fellowship on 
Sunday, March 21, 1999, was, in 
every way, a success. Success is de- 
pendent upon God and upon God's 
people being faithful to the vision 
that He has given them. Praise God 
for a core group of faithful followers 
of Jesus Christ! 

On Birth Sunday every member 
of the core group was involved in 
some way in the service. Some helped 
in the parking lot, some were greet- 
ers, some served coffee and dough- 
nuts, some worked with the chil- 
dren, some were ushers, others led 
worship. We believe that every per- 
son is of equal value and importance 
to the fulfilling of God's vision. 

Ninety-four people attended our 
Birth-Sunday service. Of these, 20 
were visitors from other Brethren 
churches. Of the other 74, approxi- 
mately 35 were first-time visitors. 
Of these 35, about 90 percent came 

*Birth Sundays of the Grace 
Community Church in Winchester, 
Virginia, on September 27, 1998, 
and of the Rock Springs Commu- 
nity Church in Vista, California, on 
October 4, 1998, were reported in 
the November 1998 issue of the 
Evangelist (pp. 6 & 7). 

back the second Sunday and brought 
friends or family with them. On 
Sunday evening of the second week, 
three new families attended. 

The celebration service on Birth 
Sunday was truly a celebration and 
an exciting event. Three people re- 
dedicated their lives to the Lord 
during the service. 

Looking ahead 

We are having an Easter Egg 
Hunt for our community the day be- 
fore Easter and a yard clean-up day 
for those in our community who are 
physically unable to do this work 

themselves. We will be starting 
three new small groups in April and 
beginning junior-high and senior- 
high ministries with a concert on 
April 25. 

We have grown every month since 
we have been in our building, and 
we look forward to those people 
whom God will be bringing to us in 
the future. 

— Rev. Jim Thomas, Pastor 

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ferent times to 30,000 homes near 
Shumway Elementary during a 
two-week period prior to March 7. 
Calls were received almost daily 
for two weeks asking for informa- 
tion about the church. 

In late February the Oasis team 
did a prayer walk through the 
Shumway neighborhood to pre- 
pare for the mailings. And on 
March 1 the team distributed 
nearly 1,000 water bottles in the 
neighborhood. The bottles had the 
Oasis logo on the outside and a 
flyer about the church and the 
grand opening on the inside. Then 
two weeks before the opening ser- 
vice, a "practice Sunday" was 
staged. Four new families showed 
up on that day because they ig- 
nored the date on the first mail- 
ing! I guess they couldn't wait! 

— Mrs. Ann Miller, pastor's wife 

The building being leased by Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship is an excellent 
facility that provides plenty of room for growth. 

April 1999 

Brethren International Missions 

A Visit to 







Rellly R. Smith 

IN JANUARY I enjoyed several 
very positive events and wonder- 
ful times of ministry during an ad- 
ministrative visit to our Brethren 
mission work in Colombia and Peru. 
During my time in Colombia, I also 
experienced my first earthquake — 
from a very safe distance. Even so, 
feeling the earth move under my feet 
was a bit unnerving, especially when 
we learned about the devastation 
the quake caused in the region around 
Armenia. When I left Colombia just 
a couple of days later, World Relief 
teams were already arriving to 
bring aid to victims of the quake. 

I arrived in Medellin, Colombia, in 
time to preach at the annual confer- 

ence of the Brethren 
churches there. More 
than 90 people gath- 
ered for the joint ser- 
vice on Sunday, January 
24 — the largest gather- 
ing of Colombian Breth- 
ren I have ever seen. 

The Campo Valdes 
congregation hosted 
the conference. More 
than 60 people from the 
Ferrara congregation — 
also in Medellin — at- 
tended the gathering, 
plus half a dozen 
from the Villa del 
Rio congregation 
in Bogota. This 
was five more 
from this congre- 
gation than I had 
ever seen before 
at the conference. 
The worship ser- 
vice at the gather- 
ing was wonderful! 

On Sunday evening, I 
preached at the Ferrara 
church. Again more than 60 
people attended. The Holy 
Spirit moved in a powerful 
way, and many people were 
touched. This congregation is 
led by Marcelo and Adriana Ferreri. 
Under their leadership, the church 
is making progress in many areas. 
Several young people are preparing 
for Christian ministry; the women's 
group is gi'owing; Adriana is train- 
ing teachers and workers for Chris- 
tian education; and Marcelo is rais- 
ing up leaders for the local church. 
I spent the next two days with 


Marcelo and Adriana, learning about 
their plans for the future. This young 
couple has helped the Ferrara church 
develop a remarkable seven-year 
plan for growth and expansion. So 
far the congregation has purchased 
a new sound system, put a roof over 
the second story of the church build- 
ing, moved the kitchen and rest- 
rooms to enlarge the worship area, 
and added a classroom and fellow- 
ship area upstairs. The congrega- 
tion accomplished this without any 
financial help from the national 
church or from Brethren Missions. 



Sunday morning worship service at the Ferrara Brethren Church in Medellin. Colombia. 

Rtilh Smith (I) with (I to ii Adiiaiui 
lo. and Jana Feneii m Medellin Colombia 

The church is also saving funds for 
property acquisition, as attendance 
continues to increase. The need for 
this is evident, for people already 
have to stand on the sidewalk out- 
side the door during worship ser- 
vices, because the present building 
is too small for everyone to get in. 

The Ferreris and I also drew up a 
tentative mission contingency plan 
to provide guidance in case a state of 
emergency would make it necessary 
for them to leave Colombia quickly. 
We developed the plan because of a 
report I received while in Colombia 
from an intermission agency that 
advised missions agencies to devel- 
op such plans in case rebel activities 
occurred this spring. The report 
cited intelligence information indi- 
cating that insurgencies might be 
planned. Reports like this remind us 
of our need to pray regularly for 
Marcelo and Adriana. 

On Wednesday I flew to Bogota to 
preach at the Villa del Rio church and 
to meet with local church leaders. 
The Holy Spirit moved again, and 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Brethren International Missions 

God's presence descended upon the 
people and bathed us in His love. 

I also helped local leaders of the 
Villa del Rio church resolve some in- 
ternal conflict, and I taught them to 
follow their own church leaders in 
Colombia rather than asking me to 
solve their problems. As a result, 
when Marcelo and Adriana came to 
Bogota a few weeks later, they were 
able to work with more authority to 
resolve the local issues, because I 
had expressed confidence in them 
and refused to circumvent or over- 
rule the national leaders. 

Rev. Reilly Smith and Pastor Miguel Antunez (I ) 
with a woman and her daughter in whose home a 
new ministry has been started in Lima, Peru. 

While in Bogota, I also visited the 
offices, seminary, and publishing 
company of the Mennonite and 
Mennonite Brethren Churches. They 
are developing some curricula that 
should be veiy helpful to Brethren 
churches not only in Colombia, but 
also throughout South America. 
Sharing office space with the Men- 
nonite book store is Servicom, an 
interdenominational media min- 
istry in which the Brethren have 
played a major part. Claudia Ro- 
driguez runs the ministry. Her hus- 
band, Fabio, is pastor of the Villa del 
Rio congregation and president of 
The Brethren Church in Colombia. 

On Thursday I flew to Lima, Peru, 
to spend time with Brethren mis- 
sionaries Miguel and Sonia Antunez 
and their son Carlos. We spent Fri- 
day talking about the progress of 
the ministry there and discussing 
plans for the future. 

Friday evening, Miguel and Machi 
Pandura led a group of 24 young 
people in games, Bible study, and 

worship. Machi rejoined Miguel as a 
worker in the local church after 
spending about a year working with 
Word of Life Mission. He is also as- 
sisting Miguel begin a new ministry 
across town in an underdeveloped 
section of Lima. Miguel and Machi 
hope to start a church there and to 
train local people to lead it. 

On Saturday the church had an 
ordination service for Miguel, dur- 
ing which I preached the sermon 
and laid hands on Miguel. One of 
Miguel's ministry friends translated 
and assisted me with the service. 
About 50 people attended, in- 
cluding Miguel's and Sonia's 
parents. Both fathers are 
drawing closer to the Lord, 
and both are now supportive of 
Miguel and Sonia in their 
ministry. This represents 
wonderful progress. 

Sunday is always a full day 
for the Brethren in Peru. Sun- 
day school in the morning for 
children and youth — about 25 
of them; a trip across town to 
the new work for Sunday 
school and worship with the 
children, youth, and a handful 
of their parents — about 25 
more; and a worship service at 
the church on Sunday evening 
— with 50 to 55 in attendance. 
We spent the whole day on the run, 
but we had a wonderful time doing 
God's work. The worship center has 
been altered to accommodate about 
15 more people than previously. 

Now it is jammed full again. The 
congregation needs to add beams 
and a second story in order to ade- 
quately provide for growth. The 
building could seat up to 150 people 
without buying more property. Con- 
struction will cost about $50,000. 

I spent Monday talking more with 
the Antunez family about the work 
in Peru. Son Carlos is planning to 
come to the United States to study 
at Ashland University. After his 
studies, he will likely play a support 
role in the mission work in Lima. 
He is a good musician and a young 
leader with tremendous potential. 
Sonia's sister, Laura, is considering 
coming to the U.S. to study at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. She may 
ultimately become part of the lead- 
ership staff of the church in Peru, 
whether or not she can come to the 
United States. 

Miguel is not well known among 
U.S. Brethren because he is not able 
to come here and visit our churches. 
As a result, support for the work in 
Lima is more difficult to raise than 
for any other Brethren Missions field. 
Please pray regularly for the An- 
tunez family, and consider a special 
gift towards the building project. 

On Tuesday I left Peru and re- 
turned to the U.S. 1 arrived home 
tired but greatly blessed by the 
time 1 had spent with our Brethren 
in Colombia and Peru. [^] 

Rev. Smith is Director of Missionary 
Ministries for The Brethren Church. 

Machi Pandura (I.) leads a Bible study for children in an outreach ministry that hi 
and Miguel Antunez have begun in an underdeveloped section oj Lima, Peru. 

April 1999 

Brethren International Missions 


Word Snapshots of Brethren 
International Missionary Ministries 

FOLLOWING is a brief field-by- 
field description of Brethren In- 
ternational Missionaiy Ministries. 
The Hst of activities is not exhaus- 
tive, nor is this a complete list of 
God's people working in each field. 
Our hope is that these descriptions 
will give you a snapshot of what's 
happening in Brethren Missions 
around the world. 

More-detailed information (though 
still not complete) is included each 
month in the "Highlighting" section 
of Prayer and Praise. In addition, 
up-to-date picture and information 
packets about Brethren missionaries 
will be sent to every church very 
soon. Also watch for Insight, which 
is published from time to time and 
contains in-depth information about 
Brethren Missions. 


Djibouti — Brethren Church 
members Mark and Chantal Logan 
serve in the small African country of 
Djibouti with Eastern Mennonite 
Missions. Mark directs the mission 
there, and Chantal teaches high- 
school French. They also serve in a 
local Protestant congregation, reach 
out to Somali refugees, and actively 
engage in friendship evangelism. 
Brethren Missions helps with sup- 
port funds. The Logans will spend 
some time in the U.S. this summer. 


India — Dr. K. Prasanth and Nir- 
mala Kumar lead Brethren Mission 
in India. Serving with them are their 
son Sudhir and his wife Latha. The 
mission carries on an aggressive 
program of evangelism and church 
extension, starting 20 new churches 
each year. In addition, the mission 
operates an orphanage for boys and 
one for girls, several vocational 
schools, an extension Bible Insti- 
tute, Christian reading rooms; a 
hospital, and a mobile medical clin- 
ic. With assistance from World Re- 
lief, Brethren Mission also provides 
clean water, food, medical supplies. 

clothing, and shelter to disaster vic- 
tims. The ministry of the mission 
could be expanded by opening a res- 
idential Bible institute in Rajah- 
mundry. Scholarships for students 
are $50 per month. Sponsorships for 
village pastors are $35 per month; 
for orphans, $21 per month. 

Malaysia — David and Jenny Loi 
head up Brethren Mission work in 
Malaysia, and David pastors a 
church in Johor Baru. Five hundred 
miles to the north, David Chew is 
the pastor of a Brethren congrega- 
tion in Penang. The Penang congre- 
gation built the first legally autho- 
rized Brethren worship center in 
Malaysia. David and Jenny are plan- 
ning to start another church within 
the next five years in West Malaysia. 

Latin America 

Argentina — Eduardo and Mai'iela 
Rodriguez head the ministry of 
South American Theological Semi- 
nary (STS), which seeks to prepare 
leaders for the Argentine Brethren 
Church and for other churches in 
South America. The seminary is 
currently training more than 120 
future church leaders, pastors, and 
missionaries. Two young women 
from Argentina, Marcela Rivero and 
Monica Santiago, will begin study- 
ing at Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary this fall, with plans to join the 
STS faculty when they graduate. 

Colombia — Marcelo and Adriana 
Ferreri, missionaries to Colombia 
from the Argentine Brethren Church, 
lead the Ferrara church in Medellin. 
They are also training leaders for 
the Campo Valdes church in Medel- 
lin. In addition, they are developing 
disciple-making and leadership 
training processes for all the Breth- 
ren in Colombia. They are nearly 
two years ahead of schedule in their 
development ministry. A third 
Brethren congi-egation, the Villa del 
Rio church, is located in Bogota, 
where Fabio Rodriguez is the pastor 

Mexico — Todd and Tracy Rug- 
gles serve in Mexico City, where 
Todd is administrator of Brethren 
mission work. The Mexican Breth- 
ren are planting several churches 
around the city. Todd and Tracy are 
actively involved in discipleship, 
training, and church planting min- 
istries. In addition, Tracy teaches, 
trains teachers, and operates a com- 
munity health awareness ministry. 
Assisting the Ruggles and the Mexi- 
can Brethren Church is Jen Thomas. 
Though a member of The Brethren 
Church, Jen serves in Mexico wdth 
Spearhead, a division of Latin Amer- 
ica Mission. Part of her support 
comes from The Brethren Church. 

Peru — Miguel and Sonia Antiinez 
serve in Lima, Peru. Their ministry 
is gi'owing despite vai'ious trials and 
the limitations of their church build- 
ing. The church remodeled the 
building to accommodate a few 
more people, but they need to add a 
second story to expand their wor- 
ship capacity from 50 to 150. Sonia 
teaches in a Christian School. Machi 
Pandura leads the youth group, 
which is growing rapidly under his 
leadership. Miguel and Machi are 
also starting a second congregation 
in another part of Lima. 

Paraguay — Claudio and Karina 
Castelli lead Iglesia de la Esperanza 
(Hope Church) in Asuncion, Para- 
guay. They serve under the Comi- 
sion Misionera of The Brethren 
Church in Ai'gentina. The Brethren 
in Asuncion are starting outreaches 
in other pai'ts of the city and are 
planning new work in some interior 
cities. We assist The Brethren 
Church of Ai'gentina in supporting 
this mission work. 

World Relief 

Brethren giving to World Relief 
increased significantly during the 
past year in response to great needs 
in Southern Sudan and Central Amer- 
ica. I saw the need in Southern Sudan 
first hand in October when I went 
there with a team led by Dn Clive 
Calver, president of World Relief 

Thank you for your faithful sup- 
port of Brethren Missionary Min- 

— Reilly R. Smith, Director 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Pastors and their spouses retreat to Florida 
to focus on ways of providing mutual care 


Bradenton, Fla. — Forty-nine pas- 
tors and elders, 39 wives, and 12 
children (100 in all) enjoyed a few 
days in Florida March 2-4 while at- 
tending the annual retreat for 
Brethren pastors and spouses. 

"Ongoing Care for Each Other" 
was the theme of the retreat, held at 
the Christian Retreat Center near 
Bradenton. Rev. Roger Charman, 
manager of pastoral ministries at 
Focus on the Family, was the main 

best programs), competition from 
the electronic church (TV and radio 
preachers), and the low priority 
many people put on the church all 
take their toll on the pastor Person- 
al factors such as viewing God as a 
spiritual taskmaster rather than a 
loving father, spiritual pride, and 
taking a worldly view of success can 
also contribute to spiritual burnout. 
Charman urged the pastors to be 
alert for signs of burnout — sleepless- 
ness, low in- 
terest level, 
feelings of 
guilt, exhaus- 
tion, poor 
loss of ap- 
petite, and 
thoughts of 
suicide. If 
these signs 
are present, 
steps must be 

He made a 
number of 
for prevent- 
ing and re- 
lieving burn- 
out — taking care of oneself physi- 
cally (rest, exercise, eating right); 
taking care of oneself spiritually 
(personal devotions, holy living, re- 
sisting temptation); being oneself 
(using the gifts God has given you. 

Speaker Roger Charman (r) of Focus on the Family, sitting here 
with the Garrett brothers, Pastors Jim (I) and John, dealt with the 
problem of pastor burnout and dropout at the Brethren retreat. 

speaker. His three messages looked 
at "The Problem of Pastor Burnout 
and Dropout," "Dealing With and 
Preventing Pastor Burnout," and 
"The Seduction of Success." 

Charman noted that pastoral fam- 
ilies are not immune to the problems 
other families in our society face — 
divorce, financial crisis, behavior 
problems in children, etc. But pas- 
toral work adds its own difficulties. 
Pastors often feel isolated and lone- 
ly. They suffer from feelings of inad- 
equacy because of the many "hats" 
they must wear. They feel pressure 
to have an ideal family. And they see 
themselves as subject to the whims 
of their congregations (one-third of 
pastors have been through a forced 

The state of the church today adds 
to the pastor's problems. Lack of 
church growth, the consumer men- 
tality of members (looking for the 

not imitating others, excelling at 
what you do well); sharing the load 
(equipping, teaching, and delegat- 
ing; letting others minister to you); 
and basking in the love of God (who 
loves you as His own dear child 
whether you succeed or fail). 

On Wednesday evening, retreat 
participants had a chance to re- 
spond to the retreat theme and to 
Rev. Charman's messages. Divided 
into three groups, they shared their 
thoughts on nine questions related 
to the emotional and spiritual sup- 
port they receive from and give to 
others, and how this support system 
could be improved. In the reporting 
session that followed, one message 
that came through clearly was that 
emotional and spiritual support 
comes through relationships with 
others, and that pastors need to 
take the initiative in establishing 
these relationships. 

The retreat program took a differ- 
ent turn (at a different location) on 
Thursday morning, when the group 
moved from the Christian Retreat 
Center to Sarasota First Brethren 
(continued on next page) 

The Florida Band, (I. to r.) Carolyn Solomon (keyboardist). David Stone, Grant Showal- 
ter, Daniel Rosales, Kelvin Rodriguez, and songleader Jill Stone (not shown), a group 
that formed just for the event, added a nice Latin sound to group singing at the retreat. 

April 1999 




Rev. Dennis E. Sigle, pastor of 
the Burlington, Ind., First Brethren 
Church, received a Master of Divin- 
ity degree in January from Ander- 
sonville Baptist Seminary, Camilla, 
Ga. Rev. Sigle has served as a pastor 
in The Brethren Church for the past 
12 years— from 1986 to 1992 at the 
Derby, Kans., First Brethren Church 
and since 1992 at Burlington First 
Brethren. He is currently modera- 
tor-elect of the Indiana District. 

Cross Keys Worship Center, a 

young Brethren congregation near 
Port Republic, Va., pastored by Rev. 
Patrick Velanzon, had a TGIF Soup 
Supper on January 22. Three big 
pots of soup, a roomful of people, 
and a dozen "pickers" of various 
stringed instruments added up to a 
wonderful and fun Friday evening. 
Joining the group for the evening 
were St. James, Maryland, Brethren 
Church pastor Dr Brian Moore and 
his wife Amanda. Dr. Moore, as a 
member of the District Board of 
Overseers, encourages the ministry 
of Cross Keys Worship Center. [^] 

Maria Miranda receives Silver Angel award 
for her Spanish radio program Para Ti Mujer 

Hollywood, Calif. — The Brethren 
Church's own Mari'a Miranda was 
awarded a Silver Angel, one of the 
highest honors in communications, 
at the International Angel Awards 
ceremony held February 25 at the 
Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. She 
received the award, which is spon- 
sored by a organization known as 
Excellence in Media, for the best 
Spanish Women's Radio Progi'am. 

With Mrs. Miranda when she ac- 
cepted the award was her husband 
of 45 years. Dr. Juan Carlos Miran- 
da, the program's producer and a 
faculty member of Columbia Bibli- 
cal Seminary and School of Missions 
in South Carolina. 

The Spanish language program. 
Para Ti Mujer ("For You, My Dear 
Lady"), supported in part by groups 
and individuals in The Brethren 
Church, is now in its 20th year of 
existence. It is broadcast more than 
1,200 times a day throughout 
North, Central, and South America, 
and the progi'am has such a large 
audience that National Religious 
Broadcasters has called Mrs. Miran- 
da "the most-listened to woman" in 
the Spanish-speaking Americas. 

A few of the others receiving 
Angel awards were Roma Downey of 
the television series Touched bv an 
Angel, Gerald McRaney of the TV 
series Promised Land, and the ani- 
mated film The Prince of Egypt, [^j"] 

(continued from page 1 1) 
Church for a concluding session — "A 
Practical Approach to Biblical Finan- 
ces" led by Mr. Jim Frado, Manager 
of Stewardship and Planned Giving 
for The Brethren Church. Mr. Frado 
spoke about challenges to family 
finances for persons in ministry, 
talked about the need for careful 
budgeting, and provided suggestions 
for setting up a feimily budget. 

The retreat concluded at mid-day 
on Thursday with a dinner cruise 
around Sarasota Bay on the paddle- 
wheel boat Marina Jack II. While 
enjojdng a fine dinner, the Brethren 
group enjoyed viewing the mansions 
that surround the bay. This elegant 
ending to the retreat was made pos- 

sible in part through the generosity 
of Sarasota First Brethren Church, 
which used a tithe of a bequest it 
had received to subsidize the cruise. 
The retreat was planned by pas- 
tors and wives of the Florida Dis- 
trict. Rev. David Stone, pastor of 
Sarasota First Brethren, presided at 
the sessions, his wife Jill led worship 
and singing, and Rev. Phil Lersch gave 
announcements and looked after 
many of the details of the sessions. 
Pastors Daniel Resales and Buck 
Garrett assisted with transporta- 
tion. Financial assistance for secur- 
ing the speaiker was provided by The 
Carpenter's Shop, the Brethren 
bookstore in Ashland, Ohio. ['ij'] 

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Vol.121, No. 5 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

May 1999 

When You've Lost Your Way 

always losing things — my car 
keys, my diary, and even my check- 
book! Whenever I cry, "Has anyone 
seen my . . . ?" my wife replies, "When 
did you last see it?" I must retrace 
my steps and go back to where I last 
saw it. 

At times when my mission has 
been going wrong, when the work 
has been difficult, the results negli- 
gible, or when I feel I've failed, I 
know there's only one way ahead: I 
must retrace my steps to the One 
who sent me. 

A carefree morning 

One morning I walked past Whitby 
Abbey and down the hundred and 
ninety-nine steps to the old town 
below. Everything was still — it was 
too early for tourists! The narrow 
streets were empty and deserted 
save for the clatter of a distant milk 
truck. I paused to look in the tiny 

By Rob Frost 

shop windows. I was in no hurry; 
the morning was mine. 

Good to be alive 

I ambled down the cobbled streets; 
it felt good to be alive. As I crossed 
the harbor bridge, I paused to look 
out to sea. In the distance there was 
a line of small fishing boats chug- 
ging out of the morning mist toward 
me. Sea gulls wheeled above them, 
hoping for a share of the catch. It 
was a beautiful sight. 

It was one of those timeless morn- 
ings: no pressure, no rush, no im- 
pending deadlines. The air of calm 
and stillness enveloped me. I was 
aware that Jesus was with me. I 
drank in the sights and sounds of 
that peaceful morning scene and 
praised Him for His goodness. 

Within a few minutes the boats 
were moored alongside the quay and 
the fish market was a hive of activ- 
ity. A squeaky crane was hauling 

crates of dripping fish from the 
decks of the laden boats, and there 
was a noisy babble of conversation 
all around. 

I saw a larger boat moored beside 
the quay. As I moved closer, I noticed 
a group of fisherman bending low 
over their nets. Slowly they dragged 
the huge trawl-net across the deck. 
Whenever they found a tear, they 
took some orange twine and re- 
paired it. As I stood and watched, 
my mind raced back to another 
group of fishermen by the waterside 
long ago. 

"Do you love Me?" 

"Peter, do you love Me?" 

There were a hundred and one 
things that Jesus could have talked 
about. There was the work of evan- 
gelism, the mission of the church, 
and the future of the kingdom for a 
start! But Jesus knew that He only 
had to get one thing straight. 

Love had to be the starting point. 
Peter had to get this sorted out be- 
fore the breathtaking story of Acts 
could unfold. If this was right, then 
everything else would fall into place. 

But what a question! Hadn't Peter 
(continued on next page) 

Inside this issue 

Blasting moral polluters 2 

Welcoming Millennial Teens 3 

Victory over sexual temptation 4 

National youth ministries 6 

Summer Ministries program 7 

General Conference speakers 8 

Around the denomination 9 

The Women's Outlook Newsletter 
is in the center of this issue 

(continued from, page 1) 
given enough by leaving everything 
behind to follow Jesus? Hadn't he 
risked enough by staking his reputa- 
tion on a wandering teacher? Hadn't 

he done enough, this Peter the rock, 
on whom the church would be built? 
No. Peter's denial before the cock- 
crow had to be faced. His unfaith- 
fulness had to be dealt with. All the 

Bauer Blasts Moral Polluters 

GARY BAUER, former presi- 
dent of the Family Research 
Council, has criticized Gerald 
Levin, chairman of Time Warner, 
for a recent statement in which 
Levin tried to absolve Hollywood 
of a role in the recent school 
shootings in Littleton, Colorado. 

Levin had said that what hap- 
pened in Littleton was a gun prob- 
lem, not a Hollywood problem. 

"Time Warner and so many 
other major Hollywood studios 
are major moral polluters," Bauer 
claimed. "In the way that our air 
and water is polluted by chemi- 
cals and foul-materials, so our 
cultural air is daily polluted by 
studios that get rich off pumping 
the most base, violent, explicit, 
repugnant images and sounds 
into our kids' hearts and minds. 
When are Levin and his crowd go- 
ing to wake up to what they are 
contributing to American cul- 
ture?" Bauer asked. 

"How can [Levin] witness what 
happened in Littleton, and what 
is happening to American culture, 
and conclude that what our chil- 
dren hear in some music and see 
on Ty the Internet, and in movies 
. . . has no consequences?" Bauer 
continued. "Of course there are 
consequences to moral pollution, 
just as there are consequences to 
air and water pollution. 

"Levin's is an outrageous state- 
ment, tragically laughable, em- 
blematic of most of what is wrong 
with Hollywood these days, and 
highly irresponsible. 

"Too many people are getting 
rich by immersing our children in 
a culture of death. If you pump 
out noble, inspiring, beautiful im- 
ages and sounds, kids respond in 
kind.* And if you pump out igno- 
ble, uninspiring, ugly images and 
sounds, kids respond in kind. 
Holl5^wood too often plays not to 
the better [aspects] of our nature, 
but to the worst," Bauer said. [Ij"] 

Editor's note: While agreeing 
with Mr. Bauer's comments, I be- 
lieve there is plenty of blame to go 
around for what happened in Little- 
ton. It might include parents who do 
not monitor the viewing habits and 
behavior of their children and who 
fail to exert positive influences on 
them; gun manufacturers and deal- 
ers that promote the sale of weapons; 
groups that oppose gun control leg- 
islation; and schools that no long 
exert a strong moral influence on 
the lives of students. 

*Compare Philippians 4:8, "Final- 
ly, brothers, whatever is true, what- 
ever is noble, whatever is right, what- 
ever is pure, whatever is lovely, 
whatever is admirable — if anything is 
excellent or praiseworthy — think 
about such things." 

sacrifices and all the good deeds 
didn't mean anything unless he 
could look Jesus in the eye and say, 
"I love You." 

"Peter, do you love Me more than 

The boat, the fish, the tackle. The 
business, the livelihood, the culture 
of the Galilean fisherman. The cama- 
raderie of the crew, the good times 
on the lake. The family, the friends, 
the faithful crew. The safe, ordered 
life passed on down the generations 
of Galilean fishermen. Did he really 
love Jesus more than these? 

Peter's love for Jesus couldn't be a 
divided love. It had to be a love that 
outweighed every human considera- 
tion; a love that Jesus warned might 
demand the ultimate sacrifice — a 
love without compromise. 

Three times the question came; 
three times the answer given — 
without hesitation, confident, as- 
sured. And so the work could begin: 
"Feed My sheep." 

This is the love which lies at the 
heart of the Christian life. Christian 
lifestyle begins with a self-denial re- 
lationship which declares, "Jesus, I 
love You." 

Today, retrace your steps to Jesus. 
Past all the complex difficulties and 
dilemmas of your life. Past all the 
broken promises and ruins of your 
discipleship. Past all the failures of 
the years. Go back to Jesus and tell 
Him that you love Him. [I]"] 

Mr. Frost is an evangelist in Great 
Britain and the leader of Seed Teams, an 
evangelistic program in Great Britain. 
France. Poland, and Estonia. He also 
takes more than 500 people each year on 
Share Jesus Missions. This article is an 
excerpt from his book. Living Waters for 
Your Parched Prayers, Chariot Victor 
Publishing. The article was provided by 
the publisher and is used by pennission. 

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WOM&Eti. WRY r 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Welcoming Millennial Teens 
into the life of the church 

By Dan Lawson 

Even when I am old and gray, 
do not forsake me, Oh God, 
till I declare your power to the next 
your might to all who are to 

Psalm 71:18, NJV 

different in their actions and 
behavior from previous genera- 
tions of teens. As I have tried to 
show in previous months' articles, 
this is not a bad thing. Millennial 
Teens are more passionate and au- 
thentic; they long to be connected; 
they desperately want to be safe; 
and they want to matter. So what 
can we do as a church to include 
the Millennial generation? 

Welcome them 

We need to welcome Millennial 
Teens as a vital part of the church. 
They are not just the church of 
tomorrow; they are here with us 
now, and they want to be a part of 
the church of today. As a church, 
we need to give them a place to 
belong. If we don't give them this 
opportunity, what other alterna- 
tives do they have and where else 
will they go? 

We can include them in the 
church in a variety of ways, not 
the least of which is simply know- 
ing their names. Make an effort 
to speak to the teens in your 
church, and use their names when 
you talk to them. Look behind the 
facade of their appearance and 
see the real person that lies be- 
neath the exterior We shouldn't 
expect them to look like us and f 
act the way we do. They aren't us. 
Give them the freedom to be who 
they are. 

Perhaps the best things we can 
do to include Millennial Teens in 
our churches today are pray for 

them and be spiritual mentors for 
them. A strong bond is formed be- 
tween people when they pray for 
and with each other. They form a 
cord of three strands (the two 
of them and God), which cannot 
easily be broken (compare Ecclesi- 
astes 4:12). 

Embrace change 

Eddie Giggs once said, "Even 
with the most sophisticated ap- 
proaches the church is running to 
catch up with the 1980's." I am 
afraid this is all too true. I once 
heard a speaker say, "The church 
is perfectly prepared to do min- 
istry in the world today if we could 
only get 1950 to happen all over 

While I think our churches are 
much more progressive than that, 
we do need to ask ourselves, "Do 
we allow our teens to bring healthy 
change into our church?" Do we 
make changes in our worship to 
include them? Could our teens 
"skank" to the songs that we sing 
in church today? (Are you scratch- 
ing your head right now trying to 

figure out what "skank" is? If so, 
ask a Millennial Teen.) 

Too often adults judge Millenni- 
al Teens by their outward appear- 
ance rather than by what is in 
their hearts. I recently heard of a 
15-year-old girl who came to 
church and joined the choir. One 
Sunday while singing in the choir, 
she chose to worship God with free 
expression. She closed her eyes, 
lifted her hands, and glorified God 
in her heart. 

"Perhaps the best things 
we can do to include 
Mellennial Teens in our 
churches today are pray 
for them and be spiritual 
mentors for them." 

The reaction of the congregation 
was to stop singing, stare and 
point at her freedom of expression. 
And if that was not bad enough, 
after the service several people 
went up to her, told her how badly 
she had embarrassed herself, and 
proceeded to criticize her clothes, 
her makeup, her jewelry, and her 
general appearance. The girl now 
worships in another church. We 
can be grateful that her love for 
God kept her from giving up on 
the church all together. 

Bring wholeness 

In the past we have fragmented 
our churches and communities into 
Baby Boomers, Busters, GenXers, 
etc. While this helps us identify 
the needs of these various groups, 
it can also create feelings of iso- 
lation. We also run the risk of 
leaving someone out. 

God intends for His church to 
be made up of all His people, in- 
cluding Millennial Teens. Let's 
make a place for them in our 
churches and in our hearts, [ij*] 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles 
in which he applies Bible truth to 
our personal lives. 

May 1999 

JERRY WHITE of the Navigators 
relates an experience he had in 
Thailand a few years ago. He and 
his wife were invited by some close 
friends to spend a few days of vaca- 
tion at a seaside resort. The setting 
was incredibly beautiful — small cab- 
ins perched on a wooded hillside 
above a lovely cove. 

The first afternoon Jerry walked 
down to a small beach nestled be- 
tween the rocks. He decided to go for 
a swim. He was enjoying the warm 
tropical water as he swam out about 
100 feet from the deserted beach. 

When he turned back toward the 
shore, however, he discovered that 
he was caught in an outgoing cur- 
rent and couldn't make any head- 
way swimming toward the beach. 
He envisioned himself being swept 
out to sea and drowning. But then 
he figured out that if he swam par- 
allel to the beach, he could make it 
to the rocky point. When he got 
there, however, he found that the 
sea bottom was coral. He made it 
out, but not without plenty of cuts 
on his hands and feet. 

Later that evening, when Jerry 
and his wife joined the other couple 
for dinner, Jerry told his story. His 
friend got a funny look on his face 
and then confessed that he'd had ex- 
actly the same experience about a 
half-hour before Jerry did. He had 
to call for a lifeguard to help him.* 

Sexual temptation is a lot like what 

*Dangers Men Face by Jerry White. 
NavPress, 1997. Pages 82-83. 

happened to Jerry and his friend. It 
appears so pleasant and enjoyable, 
but then you get caught in the un- 
dertow. You have to struggle to get 
free, and you often get bruised and 
lacerated in the process. Sadly, 
many people don't realize the dan- 
ger they are in until it's too late. 

So what can we do to avoid getting 
caught in the undertow of sexual 
temptation? I'd like to suggest six 
practical steps. 

Step One: Keep all your 
batteries charged 

The first practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to keep all 
our "batteries" charged. 

F. B. Meyer used a striking analo- 
gy to illustrate how it is possible to 
be victorious. He wrote, "When I 
was a boy, I'd go to the Polytechnic 
in London where my favorite diver- 
sion was a diving bell. It had seats 
around the rim, where people could 
sit while it was lowered into a tank. 
We used to go down deeper and 
deeper into the water, but not a drop 
ever came into that diving bell, 
though it had no bottom and the 
water was quite within reach. You 
see, the bell was so full of air that 
though the water 'Lusted against' 
the air and the air 'Lusted against' 
the water, because air was being 
pumped in all the time from the top, 
the water could not do what it other- 
wise would." 

The first battery to keepl 
charged is our spiritual battery. ^ 
We must guard our relationship with 

God. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, 
guard your heart, for it is the well- 
spring of life" (Prov. 4:23)* Devo- 
tion to Christ serves to satisfy our 
deepest longings and to quell our 
lusts. But when our love for Christ 
is on the wane, we get restless for 
something more, and our resolve in 
every area begins to weaken. 

The second batteiy is our| 
mental battery. We are to guard 
our minds against romantic and 
sexual fantasies. "We demolish ar- 
guments and eveiy pretension that 
sets itself up against the knowledge 
of God, and we take captive every 
thought to make it obedient to 
Christ." (2 Cor. 10:5) Our predomi- 
nate thoughts determine our in- 
evitable actions. What we think in 
our hearts is what we eventually do. 
Most moral failures aren't blowouts 
(hardly anyone plans an adulterous 
affair). Rather, they are like slow 
leaks — the result of a thousand 
small indulgences, the conse- 
quences of which are not immedi- 
ately apparent. 

How do we deal wdth our erotic 
thoughts? We need to re-channel 
them. Such thoughts occur, but they 
can be controlled. When sexual fan- 
tasies intrude our minds, we have 
two choices. We can entertain them, 
in which case they will become an 
obsession. Or we can sidetrack them 
into devotion, meduation, and prayer 
(see Philippians 4:8). 

*A11 quotations from the Bible are 
from the New International Version. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

For example, if you wanted to stop 
thinking about the number eight 
but all you did was tell yourself to 
stop thinking about eight, what 
would you be thinking about? The 
number eight. But if you focused on 
twelve, what would you be thinking 
about? The number twelve. 

The third and fourth batteries ] 
are our physical and emotional'' 
batteries. We need to guard against 
physical and emotional exhaustion. 
First Kings 19:1-8 records Elijah's 
flight to Horeb after his encounter 
with the prophets of Baal on Mount 
Carmel. Elijah made fools of Baal's 
prophets, and God used him in a 
mighty way to display His glory. 

This encounter left Elijah physi- 
cally and emotionally exhausted — 
so much so that when he heard that 
Queen Jezebel wanted him killed, 
he ran scared and cried out to God 
to die. Why did he cower in fear of 
Jezebel after fearlessly facing the 
prophets of Baal? It was because his 
physical and emotional batteries 
were low. We need to keep ourselves 
from exhaustion, know how to pro- 
tect ourselves when we do become 
exhausted, and slowly recharge our 
physical and emotional batteries 
when they become low. 

Step Two: Avoid 
emotional intimacy 

The second practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to avoid 
emotional intimacy with someone of 
the opposite sex. One way to do this 
is to guard against infatuation. It's 
not lust but infatuation that leads 
to our downfall. Do we think about 
one person frequently? Do we look 
for excuses to be with that person? 

Most erotic relationships begin 
with this kind of subtle attraction. If 
we find ourselves drawn to another 
person, we must go no further. 
Don't eat lunch or travel or spend 
time alone with that person. If re- 
quired to meet for business, do so in 
the company of others. 

Another way to avoid emotional 
intimacy with someone of the oppo- 
site sex is to share the secrets of our 
hearts and our deepest longings only 
with our mates or with a responsible 
person of the same sex. The greatest 
mistake we can make is to share 
these things and our marital disap- 
pointments with someone of the op- 

posite sex. Nothing else so radically 
shifts the nature of a relationship. 

A third way to avoid emotional 
intimacy with another is by working 
hard at maintaining the romance 
and rekindling the love and passion 
in our own marriages. Men and 
women who get into trouble usually 
do so because they've allowed their 
marriages to drift — to become dull 
and unfriendly. We must continually 
court our mate. 

A fourth way to avoid emotional 
intimacy with another is by publi- 
cizing our home life. We do this by 
talking lovingly of our mate and by 
surrounding ourselves with re- 
minders of our marriages. 

Step Tiiree: Flee 
from tempting situations 

The third practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to avoid or 
flee from from tempting situations. 

Joseph was a man of God who, 
when caught in a compromising sit- 
uation, didn't wait to see what might 
happen. Moses wrote, "[Potiphar's 
wife] caught him by his cloak and 
said, 'Come to bed with me!' But he 
left his cloak in her hand and ran 
out of the house" (Gen. 39:12; com- 
pare Proverbs chapters 5 & 7). 

Occasionally a man will meet a 
woman who pursues him with crafty 
intent. And women are endangered 
by men who will tell them anything 
they want to hear in order to have 
what they want. More often, how- 
ever, we put ourselves in sin's way 
by going somewhere either physical- 
ly or mentally (via television, books, 
magazines, or the Internet) that 
puts us in temptation's way. A good 
way to keep from sinning is to run 
away from temptation; a better way 
yet is to avoid it in the first place. 

Step Four: Rehearse 
the consequences 

The fourth practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to regular- 
ly rehearse the consequences of sex- 
ual immorality. Let's face it, sin is 
fun. If it weren't, we wouldn't do it. 
But the fun lasts a very short time. 

The author of Hebrews wrote, 
"[Moses] chose to be mistreated along 
with the people of God rather than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a 
short time" (Heb. 11:25). We need to 
ask ourselves if the fleeting pleasure 

of sexual sin is worth the conse- 
quences? Is it worth family and rep- 
utation? Is a moment of pleasure 
worth the pain and guilt that fol- 
low? Is it really worth ruining my 
life for? (If you don't think sexual 
immorality will do this, see the arti- 
cle "Escaping Sexual Suicide" in last 
month's issue of the EVANGELIST.) 

Step Five: Find some- 
one to hold you accountable 

The fifth practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to find 
someone who will hold you account- 
able. Find a non-judgmental friend 
who loves you and who won't flinch 
when you're honest, but who will 
ask you the tough questions. Paul 
instructs us to "Carry each other's 
burdens, and in this way you will 
fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal. 6:2) 

Step Six: Ask 
God to guard you 

The last practical step to victory 
over sexual temptation is to ask God 
to guard you every moment of the 
day. We need to daily go into the 
presence of the almighty, sovereign 
God and seek His protecting hand 
upon us. David prayed: 

Turn to me and he gracious to me. 

for I am lonely and afflicted. 
The troubles of my heart have multiplied: 

free me from my anguish. 
Look upon my affliction and my distress 

and take away all my sins. 
See how my enemies have increased 

and how fiercely they hate me! 
Guard my life and rescue /ne; 

let me not be put to shame, 

for I take refuge in vou. 

Psalm 25:16-20 

We're never safe. We're in danger 
whether we are young or old; single 
or married; in the dumps or on a 
roll. We'll never be home free until 
we get Home! 

We can have victory over sexual 
temptation in spite of our vulnera- 
bility to it. The key is to know how 
vulnerable we are, always be on the 
alert, and put into action these six 
practical steps to gaining victory. 
Jesus instructed, "Watch and pray 
so that you will not fall into tempta- 
tion. The spirit is willing, but the 
body is weak" (Matt. 26:41). [i>] 

Rev Westfall is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church in Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

May 1999 

National Youth Ministries 



Brethren Youth: Answering God's Call 

By Jaime Gillespie 


the youth of The Brethren 
Church! From Summer Ministries 
to Sunday school to Brethren Youth 
In Christ (BYIC) programs, the 
youth of our church have been 
touched by the hand of God. They 
have been called to serve Him, and 
they are doing so every day! 

In today's society of children 
taking guns to school, casual sex, 
divorce, drug abuse, teenage preg- 
nancy, AIDS, and any other bad im- 
ages you can dream up, it's hard to 
imagine that there is any hope for 
today's youth. But the good news is: 
there is hope! 

Reasons for hope 

That hope is the ever-growing 
number of devoted Christian young 
people who are infiltrating our 
schools and communities every day! 
It's a hope that comes when we see 
a high school student stand up to a 
biology teacher and say that God 
created the world — not evolution; a 
hope that comes when a group of 
students from one of our own 
churches fights to install a Bible club 
in their school and to gain permis- 
sion to pray as a group on school 
property. These are the youth whom 
God has called and convicted to 
reach out to a generation of young 
people who confront Satan every day 
when they walk into school. 

Who are these youth? Look around 
your own church and you'll see 
them! We don't have to go far to find 
youth who are impacting this world 
for Jesus Christ! The youth of The 
Brethren Church are on the front 
lines in this fight against Satan! 

Thanks to you — their parents, 
teachers, pastors, youth advisors, 
and friends — our youth have been 
led into the arms of Jesus Christ 
and have been blessed by Him. They 
have grown from those little kids 
who made it through the worship 
service by drawing on the offering 

envelopes to young men and women 
who are dedicating their lives in ser- 
vice to the King! 

The Brethren Church has a strong 
future ahead of it. Every year we see 
new Brethren congregations being 
planted across our country and new 
people becoming members of our 
established churches. We also see 
more and more young people step- 
ping forward as leaders. 

A new dilemma 

So now we face a new dilemma — 
what do we do with all of these 
young people who are passionate 
about serving the Lord? Do we 
make them wait until they have a 
seminary degree or at least until 
they are just a little older? I pray 
that you don't! God used children 
and infants to silence God's enemies 
in the time of Jesus [see Mark 
10:14-16 and compair Psalm 8). And 

Paul told Timothy not to let people 
look down on him because of his 
youthfulness, but instead to use the 
gifts God had given him and thus 
fulfill the call God had placed on his 
hfe (1 Timothy 4). God has called 
our youth into His service, and He 
gives us as a church the responsibil- 
ity to support and encourage them 
and to provide them opportunities 
to use their gifts. 

May has been designated Youth 
and Christian Education Month in 
The Brethren Church. Therefore, I 
encourage you to find ways this 
month to support the youth of your 
church! As a church, strive to find 
ways to include your youth in your 
ministries. Ask a teen to serve as 
song leader or to read scripture. 
Maybe there is even a talented young 
person in your church who could give 
the pastor a break and preach some 
Sunday this month! Our teens are 
definitely willing to use their skills 
and talents to serve God, and they 
are more than capable of doing so. 

Prayers and finances 

I also urge you to support your 
youth through your prayers and 
your financial giving. Buy a pizza or 
a hoagie sandwich the next time a 
youth member comes around selling 
them. Or offer to help them out with 
their BYIC Convention registration 
fees! You can also support the na- 
tional youth ministry by sending an 
offering to The Brethren Church 
marked for Youth Month support. 
Such contributions will be used to 
continue and expand the current 
youth programs of the church! 

God has blessed our youth with 
talent and passion, and He has 
empowered them to do His work! I 
hope that you will be a part of help- 
ing them to grow and to discover 
God's call on their lives! [1}"] 

Ms. Gillespie sen>es as National Youth 
Leader for The Brethren Church. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Summer Ministries Program 



Announcing the 1999 
Summer Ministries Participants 


WHEN GOD CALLS, it's hard to 
ignore Him! That's what more 
than 60 youth and adults from our 
denomination are saying, as they 
prepare to give up their summer 
vacations to serve Him. Beginning 
in May, this year's Summer Minis- 
tries program will sweep the denom- 
ination like a storm. From District 
Crusaders and National Ministry 
Teams to Interns and Missions 
Teams, exciting things will happen 
this summer! 

Young Adult Ministry Interns 

This summer eight young men 
and women will serve as Young 
Adult Ministry Interns in various 
churches and camps across the 
country. While spending their sum- 
mer working at an assigned loca- 
tion, these young people will have 
an opportunity to explore God's call 
to vocational ministry. 

Mindy Van Duyne (Park Street 
Church) and Bryan Gribben (Garber 
Church), both from Ashland, Ohio, 
will serve as interns at Ohio's Camp 
Bethany this summer. Paula Strick- 
land (Garber) will intern at The 
Brethren Church National Office, 
working with youth ministries. 

Aaron Hollewell (Lanark, 111., 
Church) will serve as an intern for 
the Central District this summer 
He will coordinate the work of other 
interns serving in the churches of 
the district, as well as organizing 
district youth events. Jennifer Wil- 
son (Lanark) will serve in her home 
district as an intern at the Ham- 
mond Avenue Brethren Church in 
Waterloo, Iowa. Peter Fink (Lanark) 
will work as an intern at the Cerro 
Gordo, 111., Brethren Church. Brad 
Linboom (Lanark) will intern at the 
Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church. 

Back in Ohio, Brandee Carson (Mt. 
Zion Fellowship of the Brethren) 

will serve at Camp George C. 
Forbes, an inner-city youth camp in 

National Ministry Teams 

This summer will see the re-birth 
of National Ministry Teams, for- 
merly known as National Crusader 
Teams. This year we will field two 
very talented teams — a camp/youth 
team and a drama/youth team. 

The camp/youth team will be led 
by Shannon Logan, a member of the 
Masontown, Pa., Church. Team 
members will include Jill Philip 
(Berlin, Pa.), Carrie Lingenfelter 
(Brush Valley at Adrian, Pa.), and 
Justin Nichols (Cerro Gordo, 111.). 
This team will help with camps in 
Pennsylvania, Southeastern Dis- 
trict, Arizona, and Indiana. Team 
members will also help with youth 
programs and Bible schools at 
Trinity Brethren Church and at the 
Cerro Gordo Brethren Church. 

Rachel Pennington, a member of 
the Oak Hill, W Va., Church, will 
head the drama/youth team. Other 
team members will be Tara Hubbard 
(Lanark), Emily Baker (University 
Church, Ashland), Heidi Bowers 
(Sarasota, Fla.), Sarah Fearon (Can- 
ton Trinity), Mark Lindberg (Univer- 
sity), and Heidi Ricci (University). 
This team will focus mainly on serv- 
ing God through inspirational and 
challenging dramas and worship. 
The team will also serve at Bible 
schools, camps, and youth events at 
various churches. 

Pennsylvania District 

Charity Kutch (Brush Valley) will 
captain this young but excited team. 
The team also includes Erika Davis 
(Brush Valley) and Billy Aikens 

(Pleasant View). These three will 
serve as Bible school teachers at 

Johnstown Third Brethren Church 
and at Cameron, W. Va. They will 
also serve as counselors at Pennsyl- 
vania Mini-Camp at Camp Peniel, 
and at the Pennsylvania District 
Youth Conference. 

Southeastern District 

The Southeastern District Cru- 
sader team will be led by veteran 
crusader April Watkins (Oak Hill). 
Joining April will be Megan Wetzel 
and Nichole Clark, both of Water- 
brook Brethren Church, Edinburg, 
Va. This team will serve at the 
Southeastern District Junior camp 
and help with Bible schools at Gate- 
way Brethren Fellowship (Hager- 
stown, Md.) and at the Maurertown, 
Va., Brethren Church. 

Ohio District Crusaders 

The Ohio District will send out 
two teams of District Crusaders this 
summer. Tim Hess, a member of 
Park Street Brethren Church, will 
captain one of the teams. Joining 
Tim will be Jonathan Gentle (Park 
Street) and Kevin Gibson, (Louis- 
ville Brethren Bible). 

Erin Simon, also a member of the 
Louisville Brethren Bible, will serve 
as captain of the second team. Serv- 
ing with him will be Susan Pritt and 
Emily Weidenhammer, both from 
Park Street Church. Both Ohio 
teams will serve in various Bible 
schools and camps in the district. 

Mexico City team 

June 19-28 

Ed Strickland (Ashland Garber) 

and Greg Beam (Elkhart, Ind., First 

Brethren) wdll serve as co-leaders of 

this exciting trip to Mexico City. 

Team members include Tony Paul, 

Jason Bryandt, Jeff Estep, and Jesse 

(continued on next page) 

May 1999 

Come, hear, and be blessed by 
these General Conference speakers 

August 2-6 this year? If they 
don't include attending General 
Conference in Ashland, Ohio, you 
are going to miss out on a won- 
derful experience and a great time 
of spiritual blessing. 

General Conference is a week of 
worship, inspiration, challenge, 
learning, praying, and sharing, 
with only a small amount of busi- 
ness. And you don't have to be a 
delegate to attend. 

Four inspirational speakers who 
have been greatly used of God will 
bring the evening messages. 

On Monday evening, Dr, Jerry 
Johnston, known as North 
America's No. 
1 speaker on 
high school 
and universi- 
ty campuses, 
will bring the 
message. Dr 
Johnston has 
spoken to 
more than 
three million 
high school 
and university students. But he 
doesn't speak just to young peo- 
ple; he has held numerous "Fam- 
ily Event" crusades across the 
United States. (Dr. Johnston will 
be accompanied by his teen-age 
son, Jeremy, a recognized speaker 
in his own right, who will speak to 
the youth on Tuesday morning.) 

Tuesday evening's speaker. Dr. 
Fred Finks, needs no introduc- 
tion to Breth- 
ren, having 
often spoken 
at Conference. 
Formerly a 
Brethren pas- 
tor, he has 
served since 
1982 as presi- 
dent of Ash- 
land Theolog- 
ical Seminary. 
Under his direction ATS has be- 
come one of the leading evangeli- 
cal seminaries in the U.S. 

(Note: Sheri Rose Shepherd, 
who was originally scheduled to 
speak during the Tuesday evening 
service, was forced to cancel be- 
cause of illness.) 

Dr. Clive Calver, president of 
World Relief Corporation of the 
National Association of Evan- 
gelicals, who 
made such an 
impression on 
Brethren at 
General Con- 
ference last 
year, will be 
back this Au- 
gust. He will 
speak during 
the Wednes- 
day evening 
missions-emphasis service. Before 
coming to World Relief in 1997, 
Calver served for 14 years as 
director general of the Evangelical 
Alliance of the United Kingdom. 
Calver has brought to World 
Relief the same vigorous leader- 
ship that guided the Evangelical 
Alliance to a period of unprece- 
dented gi-owth (500%). (Dr. Calver 
will be accompanied this year by 
his wife, Ruth, who will bring a 
message during the Missions Ban- 
quet on Wednesday. ) 

The blessings will continue to 
flow on Thursday evening, when 
Dr. Martin Sanders will be the 
speaker. Asso- 
ciate profes- 
sor of pas- 
toral theology 
at Alliance 
Seminary in 
Nyack, NY, 
Dr. Sanders 
has also been, 
since 1995, 
president of 
Global Leadership, a worldwide 
program for training and mentor- 
ing pastors. He lived up to his rep- 
utation as a gifted speaker when 
he spoke at the Spring Ministry 
Conference at Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary in 1998. W 

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Davis, all from Elkhart First Breth- 
ren. This team will work with Breth- 
ren missionaries Todd and Tracy 
Ruggles. They will pour a concrete 
floor for a home in a former garbage 
dump and also do street witnessing 
and evangelizing. 

Washington, D.C. team 
June 15-20 
Jason and Christy Carmean, mem- 
bers of the Nappanee, Ind., First 
Brethren Church will head up this 
inner-city missions team. In Wash- 
ington, D.C, the team will work with 
the homeless and with urban chil- 
dren and adults, help with work 
projects, and experience a different 
culture while still in the United 
States. Team members include Billy 
Simmons, W. Patrick Johnson, Hillary 
Kupke, Leah Harmon, Roger Wells, 
Jeff Hertsel, Trina Andrews, Carol 
Hunn, Jon Hunn, and Kim Sobasky 
(all from the Nappanee Church). 

Jamaica Team, July 5-19 

Jaime Gillespie will lead a team of 
young women to Jamaica in July. 
They will help with a youth Bible 
school and also do street evange- 
lism. Other team members are Can- 
dice Nies (Masontown, Pa.), Emily 
Bowers and Kelly Swisher (both from 
St. James, Md.), and Diana Kemper 
(Mt. Olive, McGaheysville, Va.). 

Gettysburg Team 
July 11-17 

This team will spend a week in 
Gettysburg, Pa., helping with con- 
struction projects for families in 
poverty-stricken neighborhoods. 
Christina Godefrin (Sarasota, Fla.), 
and Brian Burkett (Fremont, Ohio) 
will lead this team. Joining them 
will be David Huffman (Mt. Olive), 
Lori Miller, Elizabeth Esch, Becky 
Houghton, and Kimberly Bryant (all 
from Elkhart First Brethren). 

God has called these people to His 
service. He will use them this sum- 
mer to touch the lives of many 
people. Please support their exciting 
ministries with your prayers and 
your finances! If you would like to 
serve as a prayer warrior or make a 
financial contribution to the Sum- 
mer Ministries program, please con- 
tact Jaime Gillespie at the Brethren 
Church National Office. W 

The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Church of Stock- 
ton, California, has a new name: 
Carson Oaks Community Church. 
The new name reflects the subdivi- 
sion in which the church is located, 
and the name-change is an effort 
to reach out to the neighborhood. 
Notes Pastor Gregg Moser, "We 
realize this alone will not make us 
grow, but it is one step of many we 
will be taking." 

Rev. Moser adds, "Our legal status 
will not change. We are still Breth- 
ren Church of Stockton, but doing 
business as Carson Oaks Commu- 
nity. We intend to continue being a 
multicultural church and very much 
Brethren. We request the prayers of 
everyone, as we want to experience 
an awakening of the Spirit here in 
Stockton for the Brethren." 

Sixty-five people made first-time 
decisions for Christ during an evan- 
gelistic campaign held in early April 
in Cozumel, Mexico, by Brethren 
pastor and evangelist Rev. Daniel 
Rosales. The services were held in 
an open-air arena with 500 people 
in attendance every night. While 
Rev. Rosales preached to the adults, 
his wife Kathy worked with youth. 
Daniel and Kathy's daughters also 
helped with the crusade by singing 
special music during the services. 

Dutchtown Brethren Church 

near Warsaw, Ind., is celebrating the 
addition of some new members. On 
February 28, Pastor Jack Worth 
baptized two adults and six young 
people. Then on Sunday, March 7, 
Pastor Worth received 13 people into 
the membership of the church, [ij'] 

Front section of the sanctiiaiy of the Sarasota First Brethren Church building, show- 
ing the location of the new baptistiy and the remodeled platform area. 

Sarasota Church installs baptistry; remodels 
platform area of sanctuary; burns mortgage 

Sarasota, Fla. — The Sarasota 
First Brethren Church has experi- 
enced several blessings of the Lord 

The first blessing was the comple- 
tion last fall of a remodeling project 
on the platform area of the sanctu- 
ary. The remodeling project was 
precipitated by gifts in memory of 
former pastor Dr. J. D. Hamel, who 
went home to the Lord in February 
1997. The memorial gifts were ear- 
marked for a new baptistry for the 
church. (The former baptistry was 
located outside in a courtyard be- 
tween the church buildings.) 

The new baptistry was installed at 
the back of the platform area in the 
sanctuary, and the rest of the plat- 
form was lowered from four feet to 
two feet. The platform was also ex- 
tended, so that there is now more 
space, even though some of the plat- 
form area was taken for the bap- 
tistry. With the lowering of the plat- 
form, it was also possible to install 
steps around three sides, providing 
much better access to the platform 
as well as a place to kneel and pray. 

Sarasota First Brethren members 
Tom Paul and Sam Helmuth oversaw 
the project. Other members of the 
congregation also gave of their time. 

The remodeling was completed and 
dedicated to the Lord on September 
13, 1998, and the congregation has 
been enjoying it since then. 

A second blessing occurred on 
March 6 of this year, when the Sara- 
sota Brethren gathered for a cook- 
out and to burn their mortgage. In 
August 1989, Vanator Hall (the for- 
mer sanctuary which had been re- 
modeled into classroom space) was 
damaged by fire. After the fire, the 
congregation decided to remodel 
Vanator Hall and the educational 
building into one large facility. 

Even with insurance money re- 
ceived from the fire, the remodeling 
necessitated a mortgage of more 
than $230,000. Proceeds from the 
sale of the parsonage in 1997 paid 
about $60,000 of this mortgage. 
Then in late 1998 and early 1999, 
the church received money from the 
estate of Dorothy Welch, which paid 
off the final amount. 

After the grilled hamburgers and 
hot dogs were consumed, everyone 
went outside to sing songs of praise 
and to burn the mortgage. Edna 
Lampp, a close friend of the late 
Dorothy Welch, tossed the mortgage 
papers into the fire. 

— reported by Pastor David Stone 

May 1999 

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Marcia Stoffer, a member of Park 
Street Brethren Church in Ashland, 
Ohio, was honored in April as Edu- 
cator of the Year in the Ashland City 
Middle School. Mrs. Stoffer is an 
ipecialist at the 
Middle School, 
teaching multi- 

A 1974 gradu- 
ate of Ashland 
University, she 
is married to 
Dr. Dale Stoffer, 
professor of his- 
torical theology at Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary. From 1980 to 1992 the 
Stoffers served the Smoky Row Breth- 
ren Church of Colombus, Ohio, 
which they began as a Home Mis- 
sion congregation. In addition to her 
roles as pastor's wife and mother, 
Mrs. Stoffer also served the church 
as director of Christian education. 
The Stoffers have two children, 
Anne, a junior, and Paul, a fresh- 
man, at Ashland High School. 

Cornerstone Psychological 
Affiliates, a Christian counseling 
agency founded and owned by Dr. 
John Shultz, a member of Park 
Street Brethren Church in Ashland, 
was named Ashland's 1999 Small 
Business of the Year. Begun several 
years ago in Ashland, Cornerstone 
now also has offices in nearby Belle- 
vue, Sandusky, and Wooster It has 
15 professional and seven support 
staff. Student interns in the counsel- 
ing program at Ashland Theological 
Seminary also provide no-cost coun- 
seling through Cornerstone to those 
unable to afford services. Besides 
serving as president of Cornerstone, 
Dr. Shultz is professor of pastoral 
counseling at the seminary. fi]'] 

Ohio Brethren struggle over what to do about 
churches that want to withdraw from the district 

Fremont, Ohio — Ohio Brethren 
traveled to the northeastern part of 
the state on Saturday, April 24, for 
the annual Ohio District Confer- 
ence, held at the Fremont Brethren 
Church. A total of 59 delegates (27 
elders, 32 lay), a few guests, and 
several youth attended the meeting. 

The conference opened with wor- 
ship in song and welcomes by both 
host pastor Rev. Ed Miller and Dis- 
trict Moderator J. Michael Drushal. 
Then Moderator-Elect Lynn Mercer 
spoke briefly about the importance 
of unity among Brethren. He urged 
pastors to promote unity by meeting 
together and by praying for the pas- 
tors and churches of the district. 

He suggested that another means 
of unity is the denomination's lead- 
ership mentoring program. Four of 
the eight churches in this program 
are in Ohio. Rev. Mercer then gave 
the mentors and representatives of 
these four churches an opportunity 
to tell about the program. 

Both the four mentors — Dr Arden 
Gilmer, Dr Lee Solomon, Dr. Dale 
Stoffer, and Dr John Shultz — and 
representatives of the four churches 
they mentor — the Gretna, Vineyard 
Community, North Georgetown, 
and Smoky Row Brethren Churches 
respectively — spoke about the posi- 
tive nature of the men- 
toring experience. The 
mentors noted that 
many good things are 
already being done, so 
the mentoring process 
is a way of finding ways 
to do them better. The 
church representatives 
expressed appreciation 
for the insights of the 
mentors and the fact 
that they don't tell the 
churches what to do, 
but help them discover 
for themselves what 
needs to be done. 

During the business 
session that followed, 
the major item of dis- 
cussion was how to re- 
spond to two churches 
in the district — Hillcrest 

Brethren Church in Dayton and the 
Mt. Zion Fellowship of the Brethren 
near Cleveland — that want to with- 
draw from the district and The 
Brethren Church. After much discus- 
sion, delegates approved a motion set- 
ting up a commission to develop a 
policy that can be followed in this 
and other cases when churches seek 
to withdraw from the district. 

Other business items included 
elections, district reports, and up- 
dates from denominational minis- 
tries. Officers for 1999-2000 are Rev. 
Lynn Mercer, moderator; Rev. Ed 
Miller, moderator-elect; Rev. Ralph 
Gibson, secretary; Joan Ronk, assis- 
tant secretary; Stan Gentle, treasur- 
er; Rev. Bill Walk, assistant treasur- 
er; and Dorman Ronk, statistician. 

Rev. Ronald W Waters presented a 
workshop on various means a 
church can use to improve its effec- 
tiveness. He highlighted the LIFE 
process (Living in Faithful Evange- 
lism), New Life Ministries, and Nat- 
ural Church Development. 

The conference concluded with a 
brief worship service that included 
installation of officers and board and 
committee members. Next year's 
conference was set for April 15 at 
the Gratis Brethren Church. 

— reported by Richard Winfield 

Berlin, Pa. — Six new members — (1st row, I. to r.) 
William and Ellen Hay, Sandra Seifert, Roe Hoff- 
man, (2nd row) Norman Menhorn, and Wayjie Darr 
— were added to the diaconate of the Berlin Breth- 
ren Church on Februaiy 21. The service of ordina- 
tion was conducted by Rev. Robert L. Hoffman 
(3rd row, I.), Pennsylvania District Board of Over- 
sight representative, and Pastor Owen Preston. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

The new Children's Park of the Brethren Mission in India showing the bad- 
minton court, "elephant slide, " and swing set. 

Indian orphans enjoying new play equipment 
thanks to children at North Manchester Church 

North Manchester, Ind. — The 

children in the two Brethren Mis- 
sion orphanages in India have new 
playground equipment, thanks to a 
donation from children in the North 
Manchester First Brethren Church. 

The money was offerings given by 
children in the Wednesday evening 
program called Club Riot. The chil- 
dren were challenged over a five- 
week period to bring in money from 
pennies to dollar bills. The first week 
they brought in pennies; the second 
week they brought nickels, the third 
week dimes, the fourth week quar- 
ters, and the fifth week dollar bills. 

During the five weeks the chil- 
dren also learned about the orphan- 
ages in India. And a toy plane on a 
map was used to illustrate the 
progress of the project. On the first 
week the plane took off from Indi- 
ana. Each week it moved closer to 
India. Then on the final week, it 
landed in Rajahmundry. 

The money was sent to Dr K. 
Prasanth Kumar, director of Breth- 
ren Mission in India, with a request 
that it be used to purchase play 
equipment for the orphans. Along 
with the money, the North Manch- 
ester children sent candy, letters, 
and pictures of themselves. 

The children were delighted when 
they later received a letter from Dr. 
Kumar with pictures showing the 
Children's Park their money had 
made possible. The park includes a 
badminton court and equipment, an 
"elephant slide" (a slide with the 

figure of an elephant on the side), a 
swing set, and a seesaw. Some in- 
door games were also purchased. 
Rev. Kumar noted in his letter that 
the Children's Park is not only great 
for the orphanage children, it is also 
an outreach to the community. 

This summer Joyce Immel, one of 
the Club Riot kids, will have an op- 
portunity to actually see the play- 
gi'ound. She will travel to India with 
her pastor. Rev. Kurt Stout, who will 
lead a team of 15 people on a three- 
week mission trip to India. 

The Club Riot kids enjoyed this 
money-raising project so much that 
they decided to repeat it. This time 
they collected money for the Breth- 
ren Retreat Center at Shipshewana, 
Indiana. The money will be used to 
buy sports equipment to be used in 
the summer camps. 

— reported by Janean Watson, 
Club Riot Coordinator 

Thanks to a gift from a Breth- 
ren couple in the U.S. who wish 
to remain anonymous, the play- 
ground also has lights, and the 
orphanage compound has a wall 
in front of it to protect the chil- 
dren from traffic, stray dogs, and 
other dangers along the street. 
There was even enough money to 
buy each of the orphans a set of 
new clothes, to provide the chil- 
dren a special meal, and to pur- 
chase a large electric grinder and 
dough maker for the orphanages. 

Brethren Missionaries Dr. 
K. Prasanth and Nirmala 
Kumar believe strongly in the 
importance of prayer. As a tes- 
timony to their belief, they re- 
cently funded the construction of 
a prayer tower at the Brethren 
Mission headquarters in Raja- 
mundry, India, using inheritance 
money they received from their 

The prayer tower was dedicat- 
ed to the glory of God on January 
10, 1999. This was the 31st wed- 
ding anniversary of the Kumars 
and also the first wedding 
anniversary of their son and 
daughter-in-law, Sudhir and 
Latha Kumar, who serve vdth 
Prasanth and Nirmala in the 
mission work in India. 

The Prayer Tower is used 
around the clock as a place where 
Christians can come and pray for 
the safety of believers and for the 
needs of the people. The Kumars 
ask that Brethren in the United 
States join in praying for them 
and for all Christians in India, 
particularly during this time of 
persecution in that countiy. 

May 1999 


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In Memory 

Rev. Smith F. Rose, 83, a Breth- 
ren pastor for many years who also 
served for 12 years as Executive 
Secretary for The Brethren Church, 
died April 17 at Samaritan Hospital 
in Ashland, Ohio. His wife, Flo- 
rence Vincent Rose, 89, died just 
four days later (April 21) at Breth- 
ren Care Village in Ashland. 

Smith F. Rose was born December 
7, 1915, in Haddenville, Pa., the son 
of Charles and Mary Rose. He 
attended Ashland College (B.A., 
1939), Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary (B.Th., 1942), Concord College 
in W. Va. (teacher's certificate, 1949), 
and did additional course work at 
Hamma Divinity School. He was or- 
dained a Brethren elder in 1941. 

He served as pastor of Brethren 
congregations in Roann, Ind. (1942 
-45); Oak Hill, W. Va. (1945-51, also 
serving Gatewood Brethren Church 
part of this time); West Alexandria, 
Ohio (1951-53); Howe, Ind. (Brigh- 
ton Chapel, 1953-57); Bryan, Ohio 
(1957-67); and Fort Scott, Kans. 
( 1980-84). During four of these pas- 
torates he also taught school. He 
served interim pastorates at the Fire- 
stone Park (Akron), Massillon, and 
Garber (Ashland) Brethren churches. 

He was General Conference mod- 
erator in 1957. Then from 1968 to 
1980 he served as Executive Secre- 
tary for the Brethren denomination. 
He also served as moderator in the 
Indiana, Midwest, and Ohio Dis- 
tricts, and he sat on numerous dis- 
trict and denominational boards 
and committees, as well as the 
Board of Trustees for Ashland Col- 
lege and Theological Seminary. 

Florence Margaret Rose was born 

Winchester, Va. — One of the major hassles for new Brethren U.S. Mission 
churches is setting up, tearing down, transporting, and storing their equip- 
ment each week, since most new congregations meet in schools or some other 
rented facility. These tasks have become a little easier for Grace Community 
Church, a new Brethren congregation in Winchester, Va., since acquiring an 
equipment van. The large van was donated by a friend of Grace Community 
member Craig Naff. Craig (shown with his wife Kathy) then completely rebuilt 
the van for the church 's use. Now equipment for the church can be transported 
and stored with a lot less work. — reported by Pastor Mike Woods 

July 18, 1909, in Uniontown, Pa., 
the daughter of Edgar and Minerva 
Solomon Vincent. She was a 1927 
graduate of Uniontown High School 
and attended Ashland College from 
1935-36. She worked for several dif- 
ferent insurance agencies, in the 
bursar's office at Ashland College, 
and later for the Brethren Church 
National Office. 

The Roses were married June 8, 
1939, and were the parents of two 
daughters, both of whom survive 
them— Mary Adele (Mrs. Eric) Mau- 
rer of Cleveland, Tenn., and Martha 
Louise (Mrs. Gerald) Warner of 
Colorado. Also surviving are two 
sons-in-law, five grandchildren, two 
step-grandchildren, and several 
great- grandchildren. 

A memorial service for both Rev. 
and Mrs. Rose was held May 1 at the 
Ashland Garber Brethren Church 
with Pastor Jim Rowsey officiating. 
Private burial was in Ashland Coun- 
ty Memorial Park. Memorial contri- 
butions may be made to the Garber 
Brethren Church or Brethren Care 
Village in Ashland. [1>] 

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Vol.121, No. 6 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

June 1999 

Faithful Families and 

This article is the conclusion of a 
much longer paper entitled "The Faith 
of Family and the Family of Faith," 
which Dr. Brenda Colijn presented at 
the Brethren World Assembly, held 
July 15-18, 1998, at Bridgewater Col- 
lege in Bridgewater, Va. Dr. Colijn, a 
member of the Smoky Row Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio, is Assis- 
tant Professor of Theology at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

faithful families and members 
of the family of faith? Many answers 
could be given to this question. I 
will venture four suggestions. 

A place of divine blessing 

First, let us celebrate the biologi- 
cal family as a place in which to ex- 
perience divine blessing. For this to 

Highlighting the family 

The theme of this issue of the 
Evangelist is the family. This ties in 
with the denominational emphasis 
for June, which is on Family Life. 

Four articles in this issue relate to 
the family. In the lead article, Dr. 
Brenda Colijn looks at the relation- 
ship between faithful families and 
the family of faith, in an article on 
page 4, Dr. Judy Allison suggests 
ways to encourage pastoral fami- 
lies. On page 5, Les and Leslie Par- 
rott talk about marriage, the tradi- 
tional foundation for the family. And 
in the final article of the four (on 
page 6), Cliff Schimmels gives some 
suggestions for surviving the chil- 
dren's teen-age years, often a trou- 
ble spot for the family. 

the Family of Faith 

By Brenda Colijn 

happen, our families must be cen- 
tered on Jesus Christ and grounded 
in faith in Him. We 
should work to 

strengthen the faith 
life of our families and 
support families that 
are struggling. 

Some of us can 
be models or men- 
tors to people who 
have never known 
positive examples 
in their own fami- 
lies. We should 
encourage family 
devotional life and 
equip parents to teach their chil- 
dren the things of the faith. In a 
time of rapid change and disorienta- 
tion, family spiritual traditions can 
provide an anchor as children ven- 
ture out into the world. In the case 
of families divided by faith, we can 
reach out to unbelieving spouses, 
parents, or children. We can invite 
others into our families through 
adoption. We have not fulfilled 
God's purpose of blessing until we 
allow God to work through our fam- 
ilies to bless other families. 

Recover family permeability 

This brings me to my second 
point. Let us recover the permeabil- 
ity of the family. In response to cul- 
tural pressures, some parts of the 
American church have promoted 
the nuclear family as a haven or 
fortress that keeps out the values 
and stresses of the world. This 
means, however, that it also keeps 
out other people — not only other 
members of the household of God, 

but guests and sojourners who 
might want to join that household. 

The author of Hebrews urges be- 
lievers to practice hospitality (13:2). 
Some of us are still good at that; 
others may be a bit rusty. We could 
invite someone for coffee or ask 
someone to live with us until he or 
she finds a job. We could care for one 
another's children. We could reach 
out to students, church visitors, sin- 
gles, neighbors. 

My husband and I both experi- 
enced at different times the blessing 
of living with another Christian 
family. Later when we were married 
(continued on next page) 

Inside this issue 

Billy's faith 3 

A happy pastoral family 4 

Reasons for getting married 5 

Breaking the silence barrier 6 

General Conference preview 7 

Around the denomination 10 

and had our own home, we opened it 
to other friends who Hved with us 
while they were waiting to buy a 
house. Hospitahty can be a signifi- 
cant ministry to other behevers and 
a significant witness to unbelievers. 

Make the family of faith primary 

Third, let us take the family of faith 
seriously as our primary family (see 
box below). This does not mean that 
every program of the church takes 
priority over family life. But it does 
mean that God's call on the family 
and its members comes first and 
orders all of life. It also means that 
we build a church family that shows 
the character of our Father and 
follows the standard of Jesus, our 
older brother — a faithful commu- 

nity of mutual love and servant- 
hood. Such a community would re- 
quire an openness to people and a 
seriousness about commitment to 
Christ and to a biblical faith. 

Much of the family context of 
faith was lost when worship moved 
out of homes and into church build- 
ings. As Brethren, we have empha- 
sized the importance of community. 
We need to maintain that emphasis, 
or, if necessary, to recover it. 

This may be easier for some of us 
than for others because of our social 
context. If we do not have a social 
structure that provides community, 
we should create one. We should de- 
velop means of mutual support and 
accountability, such as Bible studies, 
care gi'oups, prayer partners, men- 

The family of faith as primary 

Dr. Colijn introduced the idea of the 
family of faith as the Christian's pri- 
mary family earlier in her paper. Fol- 
lowing are several quotations from the 
paper that explain and support this 

"In the New Testament, the family 
of faith becomes the primary family 
for believers." * * * 

"Jesus established this pattern with 
his own family. At age twelve in the 
Temple, he established his primary 
allegiance to his heavenly Father al- 
though he continued to be obedient to 
his earthly parents (Lk. 2:49-51). . . . 
When he was informed that his mother 
and brothers were outside asking for 
him, Jesus replied, '"Who are my 
mother and my brothers?" And look- 
ing around at those who sat around 
him, he said, "Here are my mother and 
my brothers! Whoever docs the will 
of God is my brother and sister and 
mother"' (Mk. 3:21, 31-35)." * * * 

"Jesus promises that his disciples 
who have left their families and prop- 
erty in order to follow him will be 
compensated for their loss. Truly I tell 
you, there is no one who has left house 
or brothers or sisters or fields, for my 
sake and for the sake of the good news, 
who will not receive a hundredfold 
now in this age — houses, brothers and 
sisters, mothers and children . . .' (Mk. 
10:29-30). ... But how then do the 
disciples receive a hundredfold of 
brothers, sisters, mothers, and children 
in this age? They receive all these by 
having access to the relationships and 
resources of their new family, the 
household of faith." * * * 

"The family of faith now provides 
for one another as the surrogate of the 
biological family." * * * 

"The ideal is for the biological family 
and the family of faith to overlap as much 
as possible. For this to happen, the 
biological family must come together 
around a common allegiance to Jesus." 

toring or discipling relationships, 
and worship cells. We should con- 
tinue our tradition of mutual care 
and support. 

We should also take seriously our 
responsibility to those without the 
protection and support of families. 
Are we providing care and inclusion 
for those who are in circumstances 
like the widow, orphan, and 
stranger of the Bible? We can be 
family to those who don't know 
what family is. 

Enlarge our family of faith 

Fourth, let us enlarge our idea of 
the family of faith. In the first cen- 
tury, some of the people of God 
learned that the family of God was 
much bigger than they thought. 
God had a difficult time convincing 
them of that. To persuade them to 
let the Gentiles into the family, God 
had to give Peter a personal vision 
and strike Paul blind. 

Where are our blind spots today? 
Who are our Gentiles? Are we too 
ethnic? Too rural? Too comfortable 
associating only with people like us? 
Too suspicious of other Christian 
traditions? What divisions is God 
calling us to overcome today? Can 
we yet say with Paul that the divi- 
sions of race, gender, and class listed 
in Galatians 3:28 have been over- 
come in the household of God? Are 
there people we have neglected who 
need to be ministered to — or to min- 
ister? Do we welcome singles as full 
members of the family? Do we value 
the contribution of widows or older 

We Brethren are supposed to 
know how to be family. If this is 
true, it means that we have some- 
thing very important to share with a 
fragmented society. Let's not keep it 
to ourselves. [i}"] 

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Billy's Faith 

By Dan Lawson 

God is our refuge and strength, 
an ever present help in trouble. 
Psalm 46:1, Niv 

Argentina to do some teaching 
at the South American Theological 
Seminary. I returned to the U.S. 
with a memento of the trip that I 
hadn't counted on — a bacterial 
infection that resulted in a short 
stay at the Goshen General Hospi- 
tal for dehydration. Instead of re- 
turning from this trip in a state of 
fasting and prayer, I came home in 
a state of fasting and purging. 

My roommate at the hospital 
was an Amish man named Billy. 
I got to know him quite well be- 
cause Billy occupied the bed near- 
est the bathroom, and my condi- 
tion required frequent trips past 
the foot of his bed. On my first trip 
by, I was greeted with a big smile 
beaming from above a full Amish 
beard. He immediately said in a 
thick Dutch/Amish accent, "Hi! 
How ya doin'?" I learned his name, 
but that was about all I had time 
for under the circumstances. 

A sick horse 

When I emerged from the bath- 
room, Billy spoke again. "Yeah boy, 
you must be sick! You sure made a 
lota noise in der You sound like my 
sick horse." (Note: hospital bath- 
rooms are not built for acoustical 
privacy. ) I told him that I felt like a 
sick horse and returned to my bed. 

On subsequent trips past the 
foot of his bed, I learned that Billy 
has three children, two boys and a 
girl, and that the oldest is five. He 
was always very friendly regard- 
less of how many trips I made. On 
each trip I was greeted with, "Hi! 
How ya doin'? You goin' back in 
der again?" 

Around noon on my first day in 
the hospital a lunch tray was 

brought in. I had no interest in my 
tray of broth and juice, but Billy 
greeted the server with a hardy, 
"Yeah boy, I'm hungry! I sure am 
glad to see you." 

As is customary in all hospitals, 
as soon as our food was served the 
nurse always found it necessary to 
check our blood pressure and to 
take care of various other tasks 
that usually resulted in our much- 
desired hospital food getting cold. 
This day was no exception. 

Spreading the word 

I was once again making a trip 
past the foot of Billy's bed while he 
was attempting to explain to the 
nurse that there was something 
wrong with his food. It didn't taste 
like the food his wife cooks. (Billy 
had amazing skills of observation!) 
But even in the middle of his con- 
versation with the nurse, Billy still 
took time to say to me, "Hi! How 
ya doin'? You goin' back in der 
again?" Then he told the nurse, 
"Dis guy sounds like my sick horse. 
You ever hear a sick horse? Just 
stand here and listen and I'll show 
ya." I proceeded to do my best to 
fulfill Billy's expectations. 

/ N 

"IVIy roommate at the hos- 
pital was an Amish man 
named Billy. I got to know 
him quite well because 
Billy occupied the bed 

nearest the bathroom . . . ." 
\ / 

Billy issued that same decree 
later that evening to the entire 
Amish community, which — down 
to the last man, woman, and child 
— had decided to visit him. I noticed 
especially several small children as 
I made my way through the crowd 
in my not-so-modest hospital gown 

for yet another of my frequent trips 
to the bathroom. 

This time as I passed the foot of 
his bed, Billy introduced me to the 
entire family. And then he chal- 
lenged them to see if I didn't 
"sound like a sick horse in there." 
Judging from the wide-eyed stares 
of the children when I emerged, I 
must have done a pretty good imi- 
tation. And considering the aroma 
that wafted from that small room, 
the children surely believed that 
there must indeed be a sick horse 
in there somewhere. 

During his stay in the hospital, 
Billy spent every spare minute on 
the telephone. He knew enough 
about the telephone to realize that 
the people to whom he was talking 
were quite some distance away. 
For that reason he believed it was 
necessary to speak quite loudly. He 
spoke so loudly, in fact, that people 
often came in from the hall to see 
what all the yelling was about. It 
was only Billy talking to a relative, 
a friend, a coworker, or maybe just 
to the operator. Billy never met 
anyone who wasn't a friend. 

Prayer and faith 

Billy was in the hospital because 
he had an irregular heart beat. 
The last time I saw him was when 
they took him to the intensive care 
unit. They were going to give him 
a general anesthetic and then at- 
tempt to shock his heart back into 
a normal rhythm. 

Just before they came to get him, 
Billy pulled the curtain around his 
bed. Then he and his wife read 
scripture to each other — loudly 
enough to be sure that God heard 
them — and they prayed together. 
Billy didn't know it, but I prayed 
with him. And I was deeply moved 
by his faith. 

As they wheeled Billy past the 
foot of my bed, he looked over at 
me one more time, grinned, and 
said, "Hi! How ya doin'? You goin' 
back in der again?" I said, "I'll be 
all right, Billy. In fact, I know we 
both will be all right." [1?] 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles. 

June 1999 

How to have a happy 
pastoral family 


By Judy Allison 


IN MY WORK as a Christian psy- 
chologist, I often counsel with 
pastors and their families who are 
feeling burned out, used up, and 
unappreciated. Some leave their 
church at this point, others leave 
ministry altogether Typically one of 
the major contributors to the dis- 
couragement and disillusionment of 
these pastors is a perceived lack of 
support and encouragement in the 
midst of a very demanding role. 

At a recent interdenominational 
clergy conference, my husband and 
I listened as a pastor and his wife 
shared how they have to be careful 
about casually mentioning things 
they like or wish they had. It seems 
that the members of the 
church jump on every 
opportunity to show 
appreciation to this 
pastor and his fam- 
ily. The couple told 
of a delivery truck 
arriving at their 
home with a new 
sofa; of their 
daughter finding 
a box on their 
porch con- 
taining a 

The perfect pastoral family is an unrealistic 
ideal. A congregation's expectation of the pas- 
toral family should be the same as their expec- 
tations of any other family in the church. 

had admired in a store; of books 
being left in the pastor's study after 
he shared his growing interest in a 
particular topic. 

When asked what church they 
served, the pastor laughed and said, 
"Oh, we'll never tell. All of you 
would be lined up tomorrow to drop 
off your resumes!" 

How refreshing to hear of a 
church that feels loved by its pastor 
and that returns that love with tan- 
gible expressions of appreciation! 
What would it take for your church 
to become a place where the pastor 
and the pastor's family feel so ap- 
preciated that they, like the pastor 
in this story, know that others 
would love to be in their shoes? 

Some areas for you to consider 
might include ways to support and 
encourage your pastor; ways to en- 
courage the pastor's family; and 
ways to encourage the ministry of 
your church. Following are some 
suggestions in each of these three 
areas. But these are only starting 
points to help you begin the process 
of thinking creatively about ways to 
express your love, appreciation, and 
commitment to your pastor and to 
your pastor's family. 

Ways to encourage 
your pastor 

• Send your pastor a card or per- 
sonal note expressing ways in which 
Sunday's sermon spoke to you per- 
sonally. Be specific. A card or a note 
will carry a much greater impact 
than a comment on the way out the 
door on Sunday morning. Most pas- 
tors I know have a file in which they 
keep notes of appreciation. They 
visit this file on trying days. 
• Make a habit of telling oth- 
ers what you appreciate about 
your pastor. Your concerns 
should be expressed directly 
to the pastor, but appreciation 
can be shared widely! 

• Make a commitment to 

pray daily for your pastor — and 
keep that commitment. Ask your 
pastor about specific needs for 
which you can pray. 

• Treat your pastor to lunch. 
Then use that opportunity to get to 
know your pastor's heart. 

• Recognize your pastor's need to 
spend time in personal spiritual for- 
mation, and encourage your pastor 
to spend that time. Give yourself 
bonus points for supporting your 
pastor's attendance at a spiritual 
formation retreat! 

• Promote your pastor's physical 
well-being by providing a member- 
ship to the local YMCA. But first 
check this one out with your pastor 
to be sure that it would be appreci- 
ated and enjoyed. 

Ways to encourage 
your pastor's family 

• Respect family times by not 
calling during their dinner hour, on 
the pastor's day off or during spe- 
cial family occasions. 

• Surprise them with a gift cer- 
tificate to their favorite restaurant, 
and if the family has small children, 
make arrangements for a sitter they 
know and trust so that pastor and 
spouse can have a night out. 

• Send a card of appreciation on 
the anniversary of the beginning of 
their ministry at your church. In- 
clude a comment telling what their 
ministry has meant to you. 

• Have the same expectations of 
the pastor's spouse and children 
that you would have of any other 
family in the church. 

• Let the pastor's children know 
that you love and appreciate their 

• Avoid making comparisons be- 
tween the current pastor's family 
and the family of a former pastor. 

• Surprise the family with a gro- 
cery shower to stock their pantry. 
This will be especially appreciated if 
you have paid attention to their par- 
ticular likes and dislikes. 

Ways to encourage 
the ministry of the church 

• Get to know your pastor's vision 
and heart for the ministry of your 
church. Think of ways you can help 
bring this vision to reality. 

• Don't assume that odd jobs 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Ten terrible reasons 


getting married 

By Les and Leslie Parrott 


why they are getting married 
and the answer is automatic: "Be- 
cause we are in love." But you'll find 
the motivations for matrimony are 
far more complex. Some reasons for 
marrying improve your chances of 
success, while others work against 
it. What follows, in brief, are ten ter- 
rible reasons for marriage — reasons 
that researchers term "deficits." 

1. Love at first sight seems like 
a romantic reason for marriage, but 
it's not a good predictor of marital 
success. Such feelings alone provide 
a weak foundation for a long-lasting 

2. Rebounding also hinders the 
chances for marital longevity. Peo- 
ple fall in love more easily when 
they're on the rebound. Research 
has found that people suffer low 
self-esteem after a breakup and are 
far less discriminating in choosing a 

partner because they are trying to 
cope with their loss. 

3. Rebellion leads some into a 
marital mismatch. Getting even 
with parents, for example, by mar- 
rying someone they do not like is 
always costly. As with marriage on 
the rebound, the wedding is a re- 
sponse to someone else rather than 
to one's partner 

4. Loneliness can drive a person 
into a hasty marriage. The problem 
with this motivation is that lonely 
people will end up lonely in mar- 
riage if the relationship doesn't 
have much more of a foundation to 
stand on. 

5. Obligation sometimes substi- 
tutes for love when considering 
marriage. Some partners marry be- 
cause one of them feels too guilty to 
break it off A woman who marries a 
man because she believes her loyal 
devotion will help him quit drinking 

A happy pastoral family 

(continued from previous page) 
around the church are being done 
by someone else in the congrega- 
tion. The someone else is probably 
the pastor 

• Make a commitment to your 
own spiritual growth. Keep the 
pastor informed of your progress. 

• Determine to be an encour- 
ager rather than a critic. 

• Let your pastor know what 
spiritual gifts you think you have, 
and ask how they could be used to 
bring the greatest benefit to the 
ministry of the church. 

If you and others in your con- 
gregation begin putting these 
ideas into practice, you will be off 
to a great start toward becoming a 
church that is known for loving 
and encouraging its pastor An ex- 

cellent resource for additional 
practical ideas is Support Your 
Local Pastor by Wes Roberts. 

Let's take seriously Paul's clear 
instruction to the church: 

And now, friends, we ask you 
to honor those leaders who work 
so hard for you, who have been 
given the responsibility of urg- 
ing and guiding you along in 
your obedience. Overwhelm them 
with appreciation and love! 

Get along among yourselves, 
each of you doing your part. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, 
The Message 

Dr. Allison is Associate Professor 
of Pastoral Counseling at Ashland 
Theological Seminary and a licensed 
psychologist with Cornerstone Psy- 
chological Affiliates in Ashland, Ohio. 

and live up to his potential could be 
an example of this. Such marriages 
often don't work. 

6. Financial advancement is a 

marriage motivator for some. Many 
young divorced mothers consider re- 
marriage because they are exhaust- 
ed from the struggle of supporting 
and caring for their small children. 
Men, too, can marry to advance 
their careers. The person going into 
marriage for economic reasons, 
however, is not a likely candidate for 
marrying well. 

7. Sexual attraction and guilt 
over sexual involvement are popular 
but weak reasons for marriage. Sex 
is not a sufficient reason to marry 
and seldom leads to lifelong happi- 
ness. In fact, the sexual chemistry 
between two people often blinds the 
partners to important relational 

8. Premarital pregnancy is a 
growing problematic reason for 
marriage, and a great deal of re- 
search has identified a consistent 
relationship between it and divorce. 
Ironically, teenage women who 
marry to avoid single parenthood 
often become single parents after 
all. It is difficult to be encouraging 
about young, pregnancy-inspired 
marriages, and some churches have 
been reluctant to sanction them un- 
less the young couple is unusually 

9. Escape is perhaps the most 
damaging motivation for marriage. 
Some people marry to escape an un- 
happy home situation, but hoping a 
new person or a new environment 
will be better is a terrible basis for 
marriage. Usually the person v/ho 
marries to escape will eventually 
"escape" one marriage for another 
and then another 

10. Pressure from parents, peers, 
and society pushes some singles into 
marriage. But this, too, is a poor rea- 
son for two people to pledge to live 
together for the rest of their lives. 

Companionship: the most 
important marriage motn/ator 

We married, not out of a deficit, 
but out of a motivation that re- 
searchers say is the most important: 
companionship. To love and be 
loved by another person is perhaps 
the single most satisfying experi- 
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June 1999 



the silence barrier 

By Cliff Schimmels 


Your teenager has Just quit com- 
municating with you. She's pleasant 
enough (at times), but you would like 
to have some report of what's going 
on in her life. 

once said, "What goes around 
comes around," and communicating 
with our children is just one of the 
experiences in the circle of life. 
Sometimes they talk so much that 
we think they will never shut up, 
and they recite details that we real- 
ly don't care that much about hear- 
ing. But then they go through this 
period when any little peep would 
be welcome news. 

All guesswork 

This may be one of the most frus- 
trating factors in being a parent of 
an adolescent. When they were chil- 
dren, we thought we understood 
them because they talked enough to 
give us a bit of insight into their 
brain and soul. But while they are in 
adolescence, it's all guesswork — not 
one single clue as to what they 
might be thinking. 

Ten terrible reasons 

(continued from page 5) 
ence on earth. Many benefits of 
companionship can be enjoyed 
without marriage, but marriage 
provides the structure for experi- 
encing this phenomenon most 

Marriage provides a configura- 
tion, a form, an institution for two 
souls to walk together through 
life. Our prayer is that you and 
your partner are getting married 
for all the right reasons. ['ij'] 

From the book Getting Ready 
for the Wedding by Les and Leslie 
Parrott (Zondervan, 1998). Article 
provided by the publisher and used 
by permission. 

I'm not sure I totally understand 
this, but it may have something 
to do with their changing attitude 
toward us. At one time, they 
thought we were infallible 
and omniscient. "My 
daddy can whip your 
daddy." "My mommy 
is the smartest lady 
in the world and the 
most beautiful." 
Can you recall 
those glorious days 
of old? Wasn't it 
wonderful? We 

knew their percep- 
tions weren't true, 
and we probably 
knew deep down in- 
side that one day they 
would discover the 
truth, but there isn't 
any need to ai'gue with 
the childlike appraisal. 

But in adolescence, they 
change their mind. In fact, they 
take the opposite side. When they 
discover that we really aren't the 
smartest people in the world, they 
then surmise that we must be the 
dumbest people in the world, and 
we have to go through a few years of 
that false perception. 

Don't panic 

Don't panic. This too is natural 
and temporal. If you don't follow 
through on some of your sudden im- 
pulses to annihilate them and you 
do let them grow up, they will some- 
day come to a rather accurate ap- 
praisal of your talents and intelli- 
gence, and they will accept you and 
love you for what you really are. 

In the meantime, we have to live 
with this attitude that we aren't 
worthy of their conversation. Maybe 
their minds ai-e working so fast on a 
variety of topics that they don't 
have time to talk to us. Maybe they 
have picked up some real or imagi- 
nary hint that we don't care. Maybe 

they are just so engrossed in them- 
selves that it is hard for them to 
reach inside themselves and figure 
out enough of what they are think- 
ing to share it with us. 

anteed ti 

But I have a tip. I offer this to you 
with almost a money-back guaran- 
tee. It never fails to work. If you 
really want to know what this girl is 
thinking, learn to eavesdrop. And 
you can do it legally too. Load her 
and a friend of hers in the 
back seat of the car; then 
you get in the front seat 
and drive them around 
town. I don't know 
why this is, but two 
teenagers in the 
back seat of a car 
assume that the 
adult in the front 
seat is deaf, so they 
chatter constantly. 
Almost everything 
that I know about 
middle-schoolers I 
learned while haul- 
ing them around in 
the car while I drove 
and listened. [^] 

Excerpt from The Middle 
School Maze, by Cliff Schim- 
mels, Chariot Victor Publishing. A 
prolific author and speaker, Cliff 
Schimmels also teaches in the edu- 
cation department at Lee University 
in Tennessee. For more than 35 
years he has either taught adoles- 
cents or taught those who will teach 
them. He and his wife Mary sur- 
vived the middle-school year-s with 
their own three children, and now 
they sit back and grin as their 
grandchildren reenact many scenes 
from those years. 

This article was provided by the 
publisher and used by permission. 

God may send you some 
valuable gifts wrapped in 
unattractive paper. But do not 
worry about the wrappings, for 
you can be sure that inside He 
has hidden treasures of love, 
kindness and wisdom. 

— A.B. Simpson 

The Brethren Evangelist 

General Conference Preview 


1999 General Conference Schedule 

August 2-6 at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: Renew Our Church 


Jerry Johnston 

Monday, August 2 

4:00 pm — New Delegate Briefing 
6:30 pm — Opening Celebration: 
comments by 
Dr. Emanuel (Buzz) 
Sandberg; message by 
Dr. Jerry Johnston 
8:30 pm — Ice Cream Social (reser- 
vation required) 

Tuesday, August 3 

8:30 am — Business Session 
11:00 am — Workshop led by Dr 
Jerry Johnston 

2:00 pm — Auxiliaiy Sessions 

3:30 pm— Table Talks, and Work- 
shop led by Dr Terry 

7:00 pm — Worship Service, with 
message by Dr. Fred 

Wednesday, August 4 

8:30 am — Brethren Ministry Wives Breakfast and 

Program (reservation required) 
8:30 am — Workshop led by Dr Dan Lawson 
10:30 am — Workshop led by Brethren Missionaries 
12:00 noon — Women's Luncheon (reservation 

12:00 noon — Men's Luncheon (reservation required) 
2:00 pm— Estes Park 2000 Preview 

Fred Finks 

2:30 pm- 

-Workshop led by Dr 
Richard Parrott 

Clive Calver 

5:00 pm — Missions Banquet, with 

message by Mrs. Ruth 

Calver (reservation 

7:00 pm — Worship Service, with 

message by Dr Clive 


Thursday, August 5 

8:30 am — Business Session 
11:00 am — Workshops led by Louise Waller and Dr. 

Terry Wardle 
12:30 pm — World Relief Luncheon, 
with message by Bruce 
Sexton (reservation 
2:00 pm — Auxiliary Sessions 
3:30 pm— Table Talks, and Work- 
shop led by Dr. Martin 

-Worship Service, with 
message by Dr Martin 
Sanders Martin Sanders 

7:00 pm- 

J-riday, August 6 

9:00 am — Concert of Prayer led by Dr Jerry Flora 
10:30 am — Closing Session, featuring Youth Conven- 
tion report and closing remarks by Dr. 
Emanuel(Buzz) Sandberg 

General Conference Registration Information 

(See registration form on page 9) 

If you plan to attend General 
Conference and to make use of any of 
the services listed on the registration 
form on page 9 (housing, meals, special 
events, children's program, nursery), 
please preregister by July 18. Do 
not wait until you arrive to register. 

General instructions: 

1. Room rates do not include sheets 
and towels. Bring your own or order a 
linen packet on the form. You will 
need to bring your own pillow. 

2. Every bed used must be paid for, 
but children may sleep on the floor in 
their parents' room at no charge. Bring 

a pad or sleeping bag. Single rooms 
have floor space for one child, doubles 
for two, triples for three. A limited 
number of triple rooms are available. 
Register early to get your preference. 

3. Tickets for meals in the university 
cafeteria are usable any day, Tuesday 
through Friday. No refunds will be 
given, so order only as many tickets as 
you will need. Please purchase meal 
tickets now rather than at the door, so 
that the university will know approxi- 
mately how many people to plan for. 

4. The Women's Luncheon, World 
Relief Soup Luncheon, and Missions 
Banquet will be held in the Convoca- 

tion Center; the Men's Picnic in Red- 
wood Hall. 

5. In addition to the program for 
older children, baby-sitting will be 
available for infants through pre- 
schoolers during morning, afternoon, 
and evening sessions. A schedule will 
be posted in the program book. If you 
plan to use the nursery, please indi- 
cate this on the registration form so the 
nursery can be adequately staffed. Ac- 
tivities for children 4 years old through 
6th grade are also planned on Wednes- 
day during the Missions Banquet. 

Other information 

Housing — The housing desk, in 

the Convocation Center lobby, will be 

open Sunday evening from 6:00 to 

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June 1999 

General Conference Preview 


1999 BYIC Convention Schedule 

August 2-6 at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: TwentyfourY* (Coi. 3:17) 

*(Living your life for God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.) 

8:00 am — Check-in booth open 

6:30 pm — General Session with Adult Conference, 

Dr Jerry Johnston speaker 
9:00 pm — Mixer and Social Athletics with Barry 


Tuesday, August 3 

7:30 am— National BYIC Council 

9:00 am — Morning Worship, 
Jeremy Johnston, 
10:00 am — Jeremy Johnston Work- 
11:00 am — Dr Jerry Johnston Work- 
shop for youth leaders j^ Johnston 

1:30 pm— BYIC Informational Ses- 
sion and Caucus Meetings; National BYIC 
Steering Committee Nominations 

7:30 pm — Youth Worship Service, speaker to be 

9:30 pm — CPR Improvisation Comedians 

Wednesday, Augu 

9:00 am — Morning Worship 
11:00 am — Workshops for youth, Youth Advisor 

Training for adult sponsors 
12:00 noon — Picnic and Fun Day on the quad 

5:00 pm — Communion 

8:30 pm — Summer Ministries Review 


Comedians CPR 

Thursday, August 5 

9:00 am — Morning Worship 
11:00 am — Workshops for youth; Youth Advisor 
Training for adult sponsors 
4:30 pm — Coffeehouse 

7:00 pm — Evening Worship with Adult Conference, 
Dr. Martin Sanders speaker 
10:00 pm—BUCK Concert 
11:30 pm — Pizza Party 

9:00 am — Morning Worship and BYIC Closing Cere- 
mony; Presentation of Awards to local 
youth groups 
10:45 am — Closing with Adult Conference 

Note: Adults may purchase CPR and BUCK concert 
tickets for $5.00 from Jaime Gillespie at the National 
Office or at the housing desk during Conference. Proceeds 
from these performances will help fund the Summer Min- 
istries Program. Adults are also ivelcome to join the youth 
for their picnic and fun day on Wednesday {$11.50 for meal 
tickets) and the coffeehouse on Thursday ($9.50 for tickets). 
Tickets must be ordered from Jaime Gillespie by July 21. 

(continued from page 7) 
9:00; Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 
p.m. and after the evening program; 
and daily throughout the week. 

Camping — Campsites are available 
at Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 
Claremont Avenue in Ashland. No ad- 
vance reservation is required. 

Credentials — Delegate creden- 
tials should be submitted in person as 
early as possible during Conference 
week. Credentials will be received in 
the Convocation Center lobby Mon- 
day 2:00-6:00 p.m. and following the 
evening program; Tuesday through 
Thursday 8:00-8:20 a.m.; and Tues- 
day and Wednesday, 6:30-7:00 p.m. 

Non-Delegates — Non-delegates 

are welcome at Conference. Please 
complete a reservation form. Then 
when you arrive in Ashland, check in 
at the credential table to receive a 
name badge and a Conference packet. 
A $10.00 fee will be required. 

New-Attenders Briefing — A brief- 
ing will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday 
in the Convocation Center auditorium. 
Though planned specifically for first- 
time attenders, it is open to anyone. It 
will include a general orientation to 
Conference plus specific information 
about business sessions. 

Travel Subsidy — If you travel more 
than 1,500 miles to attend Conference, 
pick up a travel subsidy form at the 
credential table when you arrive, [i}'] 

Remember . . . 

General Conference is for 
everyone, not just for dele- 
gates. Come to Conference 
and enjoy a week of worship, 
inspiration, learning, praying, 
and fellowship with other 
Brethren. You will grow in your 
faith and be challenged to 
greater commitment to Christ. 
It all adds up to a week of 
tremendous blessing! 

Plan now to attend! 


The Brethren Evangelist 

General Conference Preview 

See instructions on page 7. 


"Renew Our Church' 


1999 onference 

Registration Form 



Monday, August 2, through 
Friday, August 6, in Ashland, Ohio 

Please reserve only one room per form. Youth 
must register through the National BYIC if staying 
in the Youth Dorm; if staying with adults, use this 
form. Note: Registration with prepayment by July 
18 results in guaranteed reservation. 

Housing: Rates** 

Ashland University Dormitory Single 

Floor: Women's restroom Men's Double 

Prepaid by 
July 18 






Housing costs calculation 

No. nights x rate/night 

X =$ 

Room type: Single Double Triple 36.00 43.00 

Triple **no charge for chiidren not sleeping in a bed 

Nights staying: S M T W Th 

Other preferences: 

Note: Above rates do not include linen. See linen rates at right. 

Linen packet (2 sheets, 
2 towels, 1 wash cloth) 
No. of packets x rate 

X $3.50 = $ 

Total Housing = $ 

Meal Tickets 

Meals are served in University cafeteria; tickets are usable any day— order as 

many tickets as you need for the week. ^^ tickets 
Breakfast Adults x $4.36 = $ 

Children under 12 x $2.18= $ 

Lunch Adults x $5.80 = $ 

Children under 12 x $2.90= $ 

Dinner Adults x $7.25 = $ 

Children under 12 x $3.63= $ 

Special Event Reservations 

Reservations for the following events are required due to early deadlines. Tickets 

ordered after July 18 are subject to availability. No meal refunds after July 24. 
Mon. 8:30 p.m. — Ice Cream Social Adults 
Children under 12 
Wed. 8:30 a.m. — Brethren Ministry Wives 
Continental Breakfast and Program 
Wed. 12:00 p.m. —Women's Luncheon Adults 
Children under 6 
Children under 3 
Wed. 12:00 p.m. — Men's Picnic 
Wed. 5:00 p.m. — Missions Banquet 

Thur. 12:30 p.m. — World Relief Soup Luncheon (offering will be taken) 

Total meals and special events reservations enclosed = $_ 


$3.00 = 


$1.50 = 


free = 


$8.00 = 


$4.00 = 




$8.00 = 


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$11.00 = 
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Summary Totals 

Total Housing = $ 

Total Meals and 
Special Events = $ 

Total Children's 
Program = $ 

Total Enclosed = $ 

Make checks payable to: 

The Brethren Church 

Send to: 

General Conference Housing 

524 College Ave. 

Ashland, OH 44805 


Date rec. 

Amount rec. 
Check # 

Children's Program (ages 4 years through completed 6th grade): 

Tuesday and Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch provided Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

Family Rate: 1 child, $46/week, $15/day; 2 or more children, $70/week, $24/day. 

Will you have small children in the 
nursery? If so, how many babies 
and/or toddlers ? 

Child's Name 


Days (circle) 

T W Th F 
T W Th F 
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Total for Children's Program $_ 

Mail this form, with payment in full, as soon as possible (and no later than July 18). 
Send to: General Conference Housing, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 

June 1999 



Youth of the Cross Keys Wor- 
ship Center near Port Republic, 
Va., participated in World Vision's 
30-hour famine on February 26-27. 
After a "last meal" at a local pizza 
place, they went grocery shopping 
with one dollar in hand. This was 
one of several lessons about what it 
would be like to live in a Third World 
country. They then built cardboard 
houses in which to spend the night. 
And the next morning they went to 
the local dump and talked about 
what it would be like to live there. 
They also split into two groups and 
gathered canned goods for local food 
pantries. In all they gathered more 
than 200 cans of food. They also 
raised $350 for World Vision. 

In April, the youth hosted a com- 
munity Easter party for the town of 
Grottoes, Va. In the town park, the 
youth hid more than 1,100 eggs — 
which the children of the town 
found in ten min- 
utes! The youth 
played various 
games with the 
children, includ- 
ing pen the tail 
on the bunny, 
soft-boiled egg 
golf, and raw egg 
basketball. There 
were also two 
pinatas for the 
children to break, 
and cake and 
punch for re- 
freshments. More 
than 100 people 
attended the 

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W;ater!oo's Hammond Ave= Brethren Church 

Dreams of this building were al- 
ready being dreamt on January 3, 
1993, when Waterloo First Brethren 
Church and The City Church of the 
Brethren in Waterloo merged to be- 
come Hammond Avenue Brethren 
Church. Members of both congrega- 
tions realized that the fellowship 
hall of the former City Church 
would not be adequate for the needs 
of the combined congi'egation. 

Early in 1993 some steps were 
taken to bring the dream to fulfill- 
ment, but it soon became apparent 
that God was not ready for the 
church to embark on such an ambi- 
tious project. But the dream resur- 
faced in 1997, as the congregation 
struggled with inadequate space for 
fellowship activities, funeral meals, 
and wedding receptions. 

A committee was formed, needs 
and wants were discussed, and archi- 
tectural plans were drawn, tweaked, 
and approved. Then on June 7, 1998, 
ground was broken, and the next 
day construction began. 

The congregation held its first 
outreach event in the new Family 
Life Center even before it was com- 
pleted. Last December, on the week- 
end before Christmas, the congrega- 
tion entertained nearly 500 people 
at a Fun Fair, a time of wholesome 
family entertainment. Each family 
who attended was given a brochure 
about the church and an invitation 
to the Christmas Eve service and to 
Sunday services. 

Having realized one dream, the 
congregation now has another — to 
use this new facility for outreach for 
Christ into the community and to 
enjoy the extra space. 
area in Hammond Avenue s Family Life Center — reported by Pastor Ronald L. Waters 

Waterloo, Iowa — Members of the 
Hammond Avenue Brethren Church 
in Waterloo realized the fulfillment 
of a dream on Sunday, April 18, 
when they dedicated a beautiful 
new Family Life Center to the ser- 
vice of the Lord and to outreach in 
the Waterloo community. 

The main part of the Center is a 
76- by 43-foot multi-purpose area 
that can be used for recreational ac- 
tivities and fellowship events. The 
building also houses a kitchen, an 
enlarged foyer, an elevator, rest 
room, and a storage and mechanical 
room. A drive-through canopy at the 
entrance provides shelter to people 
as they enter the building. 

Part of the old building was incor- 
porated into the new, adding to the 
cost and the construction time. But 
the extra expense assured that the 
finished project was the fulfillment 
of a dream, and not the making of a 
nightmare. Total cost of the facility 
was about $550,000. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Ashland University will host 
first annual update luncheon 
&*r''p^ General Conference 

Ashland, Ohio — Brethren pas- 
tors, Ashland University and Theo- 
logical Seminary alumni, parents of 
current and potential AU students, 
and friends of the university are 
invited to attend an Ashland Uni- 
versity informational lunch during 
General Conference. The free lunch 
will be held Tuesday, August 3, at 
12:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room of 
the AU Convocation Center 

Various Ashland University repre- 
sentatives will be at the luncheon — 
President G. William Benz, Provost 
Mary Ellen Drushal, other adminis- 
trators, staff Brethren faculty mem- 
bers, and Brethren AU students. 
They will present information about 
AU's exciting Christian ministries, 
campus happenings, financial aid, 
plans for the future, and much more. 
And those who attend as guests will 
have an opportunity to share their 
thoughts and to ask questions. 

To register for the luncheon, com- 
plete the form below and return it 
by July 18 to Lanie Roberts, Office 
of Admission, Ashland University, 
Ashland, OH 44805. (Questions? Call 
Lanie at 1-800-882-1548, ext. 5088.) 

Yes, I will attend the Ashland 

University Update Luncheon on 

Tuesday, August 3, 1999. 


Address _ 



Number attending 
Home church 

Relationship to AU_ 

Mayor of Albanian town praises churches 
for their relief ministry to Kosovar refugees 

Wheaton, 111. — The mayor of Korce 
in southern Albania recently praised 
the work the evangelical churches of 
his town have done in ministering 
to refugees from Kosovo. 

"There is no way the state can 
cope [with this crisis]," said Korce 
Mayor Dhiomis Kotmilo to World 
Relief staff member Adele Horn. "If 
it weren't for the evangelical people, 
I don't know who would have helped. 
They have always been ready at all 
hours of the night to wait for the 
refugees to come. When 10,000 came, 
the evangelical churches were there." 

The evangelical churches of Korce, 
with assistance from World Relief, 
operate a refugee transit center in 
Korce's sports arena, where 1,500 
refugees at a time stay for several 
weeks before moving into newly built 
refugee camps near Korce. They also 
assist in as many as five smaller 
camps, in addition to providing aid 
to the 250 Albanian families housing 
refugees in their homes in Korce. 

"The Christians have given more 
than material things," said Kotmilo. 
"They have given human feelings to 
the refugees, no matter their race, 
religion or where they come from. 
The thing that will stick out in my 
mind will be readiness, sacrifice, 
and human love for the refugees." 

One of the Korce churches in- 
volved is comprised almost entirely 
of gypsies, the poorest of the poor in 

Albania. "This is, in the most literal 
way, the most honorable sacrifice — 
the extremely poor giving every- 
thing they can to the extremely 
poor," said Clive Calver, president of 
World Relief 

World Relief is also helping Alba- 
nian churches in Tirana, Lusnje, 
and Erseka aid refugees. And in 
Macedonia, World Relief is helping 
churches provide up to 3,000 
refugee children with a backpack 
containing soap, toothbrush, tooth- 
paste, washcloth, paper, crayons, 
and a Bible storybook. 

Here in the United States, World 
Relief has begun receiving an ex- 
pected 2,000 of the 20,000 Kosovars 
accepted by the U.S. Government 
for resettlement in this country. 
World Relief is the third largest 
provider of refugee care in the U.S. 
and the only evangelical agency 
authorized by the U.S. department 
of State to resettle refugees. World 
Relief relies on church groups to aid 
the newly-arrived refugees with food, 
basic household goods, housing 
assistance, transportation, cultural 
mentoring, and English practice. 

To help Kosovar refugees in Alba- 
nia, Macedonia, or the U.S., send 
contributions to Missionary Min- 
istries of The Brethren Church (524 
College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805), 
designated for World Relief — Koso- 
var refugees. [^] 

The Coles in retirement 

"What is retirement? For us it's 
to continue to serve the Lord," say 
former Brethren pastor Rev. C. Wil- 
liam (Bill) Cole and his wife Joanne. 
And they are doing just that. 

After retiring from the pastorate 
in August 1997, the Coles moved to 
Bethlehem, Pa., where "our first aim 
was to find a small congregation 
where our presence would be help- 
ful." {There is no church of our de- 
nomination in that area.) They soon 
found a God-loving group at a church 
just a mile from their apartment. 

They immediately got involved — 
joined the choir, started a senior cit- 
izen group; Bill preached a couple of 

times; and Joanne taught a Sunday 
school class and did nursery duty. 

In addition. Bill likes to go to a 
diner, order a cup of coffee, and set 
his camera on the counter When 
someone takes the bait and asks 
about the camera. Bill soon turns the 
conversation to spiritual concerns. 

The Coles also hosted a foreign 
student for a weekend — a 50-year- 
old professor from China. They had 
the opportunity to talk to him about 
Jesus and to give him a Bible. 

Bill was recently diagnosed with 
prostate cancer and is undergoing 
treatment. Joanne has ailments as 
well. But you can be sure that even 
these ills will not prevent the Coles 
from continuing to serve the Lord! 

June 1999 



In Memory 

Marguerite T. Bowman, 92, 

widow of deceased (1989) Brethren 
elder Rev. J. Milton Bowman, died 
April 24 in South Pasadena, Calif. 
Born May 25, 1906, in Lansing, 
Mich., she married Rev. Bowman on 
May 28, 1938. They served Brethren 
congregations in Nappanee, Peru, 
and Elkhart, Ind., Falls City Neb., 
Morrill, Kans., Stockton, Calif., and 
Newark, Ohio. They were the par- 
ents of four daughters, all of whom 
survive them, including former 
Brethren missionary Marguerite 
Kraft. Also surviving are 13 grand- 
children and 26 great-grandchil- 
dren. A funeral service was held on 
May 1 in Lansing, Mich. Memorial 
contributions may be made to the 
National Women's Missionary Soci- 
ety of The Brethren Church. 

Conference to explore 
"End Times and the Brethren" 

The Forum for Religious Studies at 
Bridgewater College will hold a con- 
ference September 30 to October 2, 
1999, entitled End Times and the 
Brethren. Presenters will explore con- 
temporary and historical themes re- 
lating to end times beliefs within the 
Brethren family of denominations. 

James Reston, Jr, will provide the 
keynote address for the conference, 
which will be held at Bridgewater 
College. Brethren Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary professors Dr Dale 
Stoffer and Dr Brenda Colijn will 
also make presentations. 

Further information is available 
by contacting Steve Longenecker by 
phone at 540-828-5321 or by e-mail at 
slongene(5)bridgewateredu. [^] 

What causes people to shake 
like leaves today at the first hint of 
danger? It is simply the lack of God 
living in their souls and having the 
world in their hearts instead. 

— Robert Leighton 

Leaders from four Anabaptist denominations 
lay plans for the future of New Life Ministries 

New Windsor, Md. — "Our part- 
nership fee of $12,500 is worth it if 
only one congregation is engaged in 
the LIFE [Living in Faithful Evan- 
gelism] process," asserted Emanuel 
"Buzz" Sandberg, Executive Direc- 
tor of The Brethren Church, during 
a day-long session in which plans 
were made for the future of New 
Life Ministries (NLM), a cooperative 
evangelism and outreach resource 
center for Anabaptist groups. 

Sandberg, who sits on the board of 
directors of NLM, was referring to 
the center's primary funding source, 
which comes from four Anabaptist 
denominations — the Church of the 
Brethren, The Brethren Church, the 
newly merging Mennonite Church, 
and the Conference of Mennonites 
in Canada — and one para-church 
organization, Shalom Foundation. 

Though The Brethren Church is 
the smallest of the four denomina- 
tions, Sandberg told the gathering 
of church leaders that the network- 
ing with other Believers' churches, 
the stimulation received, the new 
ideas circulated, and the opportuni- 
ty to contribute to the whole mis- 
sional enterprise of the Anabaptist 
family of churches is, in his view, "a 
very good investment" in our future. 
"For too many years we have looked 
at each other with unhealthy suspi- 
cion," he said, "but now it is time to 
come together and help each other 
revitalize our more traditional con- 
gregations and gi'ow new ones." 

Sandberg's sentiments reflected 
the spirit of the meeting, as some 12 
representatives of the partner groups 
projected short-term and long-term 
goals and worked at defining their 
role as a "resource to resourcers" in 
the various denominations. 

Robert Kettering, senior pastor of 
the Lititz (PA) Church of the Breth- 
ren and one of the original visionar- 
ies for NLM, spoke of the mission of 
NLM as the four "Ps": 

• Promote the uniqueness of the 
Anabaptist/Believers' church tradi- 
tion as it relates to evangelism, 
church planting, and congregational 

• Produce quality materials and 

resources which will empower con- 
gregations in their discipleship and 
outreach ministries. 

• Provide consultations, network- 
ing, and training for evangelism and 
congregational development. 

• Propagate strategic alliances 
with institutions and para-church 
groups within the Anabaptist/ 
Believers' church tradition. 

The NLM board of directors and 
the NLM management team urged 
the team to continue developing 
LIFE outreach modules for churches 
to study and implement; to sponsor 
hospitality workshops in conjunc- 
tion with denominational mission 
leaders; and to continue bringing to- 
gether theologians and practitioners 
in evangelism in an annual Anabap- 
tist Evangelism Council. Ronald W 
Waters from The Brethren Church is 
on the NLM management team. 

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Vol.121, No. 7 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

JuIy/AugTist 1999 

CriStO Vive! Christ is alive in the church in Cuba 

By James Hollinger 

AT 3:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 
fifteen Christians from various 
denominations gathered at the Jef- 
ferson Brethren Church in Goshen, 
Indiana, to begin a journey to Cuba. 
Family members who had come to 
see us off joined us in a time of 
prayer for the Holy Spirit's guid- 
ance and protection. Then the 15 — 
including three of us from the Jef- 
ferson Brethren Church (Ray and 
Theresa Allison and I) — boarded 
vans for the first leg of our journey, 
a drive to the Chicago airport. 

From Chicago we flew to Cancun, 
Mexico, where we joined approxi- 
mately 300 other evangelical Chris- 
tians from Mexico, Costa Rica, the 
United States, and Canada. We spent 
the rest of the day in Cancun receiv- 
ing our final orientation. Then the 
following day (May 22) we made an 
early-morning flight to Cuba. 

Our purpose 

Our purpose in going to Cuba was 
multi-faceted. We had learned that 
the Evangelical Church in Cuba had 
received permission to hold outdoor 
evangelistic services in stadiums 
and plazas. As Christians in Cuba 
prepared for these services, we 
wanted to demonstrate that broth- 
ers and sisters in Christ in other 
countries earnestly desired to pro- 
vide encouragement and prayer for 
these special events. 

This encouragement took on sev- 
eral forms. By carrying additional 
suitcases, we were able to take an 
unprecedented amount of humani- 
tarian aid and medical supplies to 
our host church. The Cuban church 

Some of the more than 300 Christians who visited Cuba in May. Jim Hollinger is fifth 
from the left in the back row, and Theresa and Ray Allison are fourth and fifth from the 
right in the front row. Behind the group is the city of Havana. 

has a very sophisticated system for 
distributing this aid and medicine to 
people in need throughout the is- 
land. In addition to the supplies we 
took with us, humanitarian aid, liter- 
ature, and medical supplies are 
being shipped to Cuba by sea. 

But in addition to providing mate- 
rial aid, we were able to provide per- 
sonal encouragement to Cuban be- 
lievers by visiting a number of their 
local church meetings on Sunday. 
We, in turn, were encouraged during 
these visits by the spirit of revival 
that is alive in the Cuban church. 

The church visit of which I was a 
part turned out to be very interest- 
ing. Due to a mix-up in our under- 
standing about the starting time, the 
service had been in session for four 
hours before we got there! As we 
arrived, we were blessed to see the 
church building filled to capacity 
and overflowing into the street. Peo- 

ple were also on the roof of the 
church building, on the roofs of ad- 
jacent buildings, and in homes 
across the street. Closed-circuit tele- 
vision sets and loudspeakers on the 
outside of the church building and 
on the roofs of surrounding build- 
ings made it possible for the people 
outside to participate in the service. 
Following our arrival, the congre- 
gation extended the service for at 
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Inside this issue 

Everyday faith 


A kid for tfie teacher 


Exploring our heritage 


Conference information 


Ashland University 


Around the denomination 


lUe Women's Outlook Newsletter \ 

is in the center of this issue 

The Christian celebration on June 20 in Revolution Plaza in Havana. The person 
circled at the left of the picture, near the platform, is Fidel Castro. 

least another hour so that we could 
participate. We witnessed some very 
fervent singing and praying. We also 
had the opportunity to share a few 
modest gifts with the church body. 
They, in turn, shared their love and 
their enthusiastic spirit of worship 
in an unforgettable manner. 

Most of the evangelical churches 
we had contact with in Cuba have 
house congregations that meet dur- 
ing the week. We were able to visit 
several of these house churches, 
where we gave our testimony, ex- 
pressed our thanks, and shared 
prayer requests. After these rich 
times of testimony and prayer, we 
also presented some modest person- 
al gifts and gift bags that had been 
prepared for the house churches. 

Two-way blessings 

As is usually the case in Christian 
ministry, the blessings flowed both 
ways during our time in Cuba. In 
addition to the blessings we impart- 
ed, we were blessed by being in the 

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presence of some very warm and 
loving brothers and sisters in 
Christ. We developed some friend- 
ships with interpreters. And we 
sensed the Holy Spirit at work. We 
spent several hours in prayer, con- 
forming our attitudes to God's will 
for the week, rather than to our pre- 
conceived ideas of how the schedule 
should work. On the more mundane 
level, we were blessed by the oppor- 
tunity to view some of the Spanish 
architecture in Old Havana and to 
see some of God's beautiful hand- 
work in the Cuban countryside. 

We sensed the excitement of the 
evangelical churches as they looked 
forward to the unprecedented op- 
portunity to share Christ in open 
evangelistic services in the plazas 
and stadiums of Cuba during May 
and June. These programs were also 
broadcast on national television — a 
first in Cuba. The Cuban believers 
told us about the months and years 
of prayer that had preceded this op- 
portunity to share the gospel. They 

expressed their expectation of what , 
God and the Holy Spirit were about 
to do through these unprecedented 
opportunities for ministry. 

It is our prayer that this new wave 
of openness to the gospel will con- 
tinue in Cuba. It is also our prayer 
that nothing we did during our stay 
in Cuba will be detrimental to those 
who might come after us. We would 
solicit your prayers for Cuba as well, 
and for the safe arrival of the medi- 
cal and humanitarian aid and litera- 
ture that are in transient to Cuba. 


As if the blessings of a week in 
Cuba were not enough, I had the 
unexpected opportunity to return to 
Cuba with a small group of people 
for the final Christian celebration 
on June 20 in Revolution Plaza in 
Havana. A few days prior to this 
event, Fidel Castro announced his 
intentions to attend, and he encour- 
aged the Cuban people to attend as 
well. Many miraculous events oc- 
curred that made it possible for us 
to attend, and when we arrived in 
Cuba, many more miraculous events 
took place that confirmed that it 
was God's will for us to be part of 
this unprecedented event. 

On the day of the celebration, we 
got up well before dawn and hurried 
to Revolution Plaza. When we got 
there, we discovered that thousands 
of people had already arrived and 
were singing and shouting Crista 
Vive! Indeed, Christ is alive in the 
hearts and lives of His children in 
Cuba. What a blessing to be able to 
witness first hand the power of the 
Holy Spirit among His people! [Ij'] 

Dr. Hollinger is a surgeon in Goshen, 
Indiana. He is a member of the Jefferson 
Brethren Church and of the Missionary 
Ministries Council of The Brethren Church. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Everyday Faith 

By Dan Lawson 

about all those great charac- 
ters mentioned in the Bible? In 
Hebrews chapter 11, for example, 
we read about the great heroes of 
faith: "By faith Abel offered a bet- 
ter sacrifice than Cain did. ... By 
faith Noah . . . built an ark to save 
his family. ... By faith Abraham, 
when called to go to a place he 
would later receive as his inheri- 
tance, obeyed and went . . . ." 

As we read through this chapter, 
we must confess that we are in- 
spired by the accounts of these 
individuals. But we may also find 
ourselves thinking, "It was easy 
for these people to live by faith, for 
they were hand-picked by God." 
We often see these individuals as 
great people of God, but just as 
often we tend to think of ourselves 
as being no one special. Deep down 
we don't see ourselves as on an 
equal level with these great people 
of faith. 

Ordinary people 

As I have studied these great 
people of faith in the Bible, I have 
discovered something that all of 
them had in common: they were 
all ordinary people. They sinned. 
They made mistakes. And every 
one of them lacked the ability to 
perform great acts of faith without 
divine intervention. They weren't 
great men and women of them- 
selves. God made them great be- 
cause of their faith. 

Go back and read Hebrews chap- 
ter 11 again and you will see one 
simple phrase that clues us in on 
this fact. It is the phrase "by faith." 
The author of Hebrews tells us that 
each of these persons was only able 
to do these great things for God 
"by faith." 

I believe there was one other 
thing that all these great men and 
women of the Bible had in com- 

mon, and that is that they lived 
their faith daily. It wasn't just 
faith for the moment that made 
them great servants of God. Rather, 
it was a faith that was lived out in 
every aspect of their lives. This is 
the kind of faith that can move 
mountains and that can make or- 
dinary people like you and me into 
extraordinary people of God. 

Mountain-moving faitli 

I'm sure that you have heard the 
story about the church in the 
mountains that had grown to the 
point that an addition was needed 
to the building. When the addition 
was completed, the congregation 
discovered that the parking lot 
was too small. So the pastor called 
the church members together and 
reminded them of what Jesus had 
said: I tell you the truth, if you have 
faith as small as a mustard seed, 
you can say to this mountain, "Move 
from here to thei'e" and it will move 
(Matt. 17:20, iv/v). So the congre- 
gation prayed and had faith. 

Not long after the prayer meet- 
ing someone from a construction 
company called the church and 
informed the pastor that the com- 
pany needed fill dirt for a project 
it was working on. Permission was 
given for the company to take dirt 
near the church building. So work- 

ers came, hauled away the dirt, 
made a level parking lot, and even 
paved it free of charge for the 
church. The moral of this story is: 
Faith really can move mountains! 
Even after hearing such modern- 
day accounts, many of us still tend 
to think that we are incapable of 
such great acts of faith. But that is 
not true. Each of us can have great 
faith as well. 

''We need to make sure 
that Christ is at the 
center of our lives and 
that we have a daily 
relationship with Him." 

Jesus perfects our faith 

Let's go back to Hebrews and 
look at 12:2 — Let us fix our eyes on 
Jesus, the author and perfecter of 
our faith .... Notice the wording 
of this verse. Jesus is not just the 
author of our faith; He is also the 
perfecter of our faith. What this 
means is that as we go through 
life, for as long as we keep Jesus as 
our focus, He will perfect our faith. 
He is not only the source of our 
faith, but He makes that faith 
stronger every day. 

The key is for us to keep our eyes 
fixed on Jesus. We need to make 
sure that Christ is at the center of 
our lives and that we have a daily 
relationship with Him. As we live 
out our faith in Him daily, our 
faith gets stronger 

Just as a runner sets his eyes on 
the finish line and runs the race 
with that goal in mind, we, too, 
need to set our eyes on Jesus and 
on the goal of having a daily rela- 
tionship with Him. When we do 
this, the everyday cares and strug- 
gles of life will fall into proper per- 
spective. And one day our names, 
too, will be added to that great hall 
of faith. m 

Dr. Lawson is senior pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, 
Ind. This is one in a series of articles 
in which he applies Bible truths to 
our personal lives. 

July/August 1999 


A Kid for the Teacher 

By Chantal Logan 



Chantal Logan and her husband 
Mark are membeis of The Brethr-en 
Church who are serving the Lord 
and living out their Christian faith 
in Djibouti, Africa. The following 
article illustrates the challenges and 
oppoj-tunities they encounter as they 
live and work in a cross-cultural sit- 
uation in today's world. 

ANY STUDENT will tell you that 
teachers belong to a different 
species from the rest of humanity. 
They will readily admit that teach- 
ers belong to a human species — 
after all, teachers look like humans. 
But the all-important question to 
students is not how human teachers 
may be, but whether they belong to 
a good species or a bad species; a 
species worthy of trust and respect 
or a species subject to suspicion. 
And the answer? Well, that largely 
depends on which part of the world 
you live in and where you happen to 
be from. 

Respect and suspicion 

In many parts of Africa, foreign 
teachers were once regarded with 
both respect and suspicion. With re- 
spect because they possessed knowl- 
edge that gave their countries the 

Mark and Chantal Logan 

power to colonize (a euphemism for 
conquer and subdue). With suspicion 
(especially in Muslim countries) be- 
cause teachers were either mission- 
aries who taught and practiced a dif- 
ferent religion, or else civil servants 
who professed no religion at all. 

Now, however, the time of coloni- 
zation has come and gone, and West- 
ern knowledge holds no secrets for 
most people in Africa. Even the reli- 
gious issue isn't so big. What every- 
body cares about now is getting the 
best possible education. In the'coun- 
try where I live and teach, the most 
popular private school is Catholic, 
even though 95 percent of the peo- 
ple are Muslim. 

A vanishing species 

As for me, I teach in a public junior 
high school. I belong to a vanishing 
species, since I am only one of three 
Europeans* in a school with more 
than 40 teachers. If I lived in the 
United States, I probably would be 
put on the endangered species list of 
some non-profit organization. 

I probably do not need their pro- 
tection, however, for at school, all of 
us teachers — foreigners and nation- 
als alike — are under the close scru- 
tiny of a large body of students. Some 
2,000 of them — 47 in the average 
class — giggle and whisper and con- 
fer as we teachers walk by. Or they 
unashamedly stare at us through 
the windows of the teachers' lounge, 
especially when we are filling out 
report cards. 

Nevertheless, my being European 
makes me twice as interesting as 
the non-European teachers, since I 
am the first white teacher many of 
the students have ever had. Yet con- 
trary to tradition, their attitude to- 

*In Africa, people of European ancestry 
are generally referred to as Europeans, even 
if they are citizens of the United States. 
Canada. Australia, etc. But Mrs. Logan is 
also a European in the more specific sense, 
having been bom in France. 

wards me is neither one of respect < 
nor of suspicion. It is one of just plain 

It is not that they have never seen 
white people before. They can watch 
them on television and see them in 
town. But the students I teach live 
in the poorest district of town, and 
many of them have only recently 
arrived from a nomadic life in the 
desert. They have only been able to 
watch Europeans from a distance. 
For them, Europeans are people 
who drive by in big four-wheel-drive 
vehicles who look down at them 
through the safety of their tinted 


"Any way you look at it, I 
belong to a different and 
a privileged species. And 
by looking at me, the 
students have a chance 
to get a closer picture of 
what that all can mean. " 

windows. Above all, Europeans are 
people who possess two things that 
they can only hope for, two things 
that they believe education can give 
them: power and money. 

Even those of us who work for a 
small mission cannot fool ourselves 
into thinking that we do not possess 
those two things. Simply by virtue 
of the passport we carry, we can be 
airlifted at a moment's notice out of 
any kind of trouble, leaving every- 
one else to fend for themselves. Any 
way you look at it, I belong to a dif- 
ferent and a privileged species. And 
by looking at me, the students have 
a chance to get a closer picture of 
what that all can mean. 

Natural curiosity 

I have noticed two situations when 
the students seem to watch me par- 
ticularly closely. One is when I get on 
or off of the bus. The other is when 
I am interacting with their "home- 
grown" teachers. 

Their curiosity in the first case is 
easy to understand. Very few Euro- 
peans ride the bus, especially on this 
side of town. So besides wondering 
why I take the bus, they wonder if I 
really know how. Do I know how 
much it costs or how to get the bus 
to stop where I want to get off? 
(Teachers, especially foreign teach- 

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Students at Mrs. Logan 's school arriving for a new school day. 

ers, are not known to be knowledge- 
able about real life — that is, about 
life outside of the classroom.) 

Actually, I have come to find out 
that their attitude is really one of 
concern. When I step onto the bus, I 
enter their territory. Being worthy 
sons and daughters of nomads, they 
know that it is their responsibility 
to make sure that this stranger (who 
happens to be a woman) receives 
protection — which in today's world 
means not getting ripped off by 
some unscrupulous bus driver. 

As to why they watch me so close- 
ly when I am with teachers from 
their country, I am not quite sure. I 
have the feeling that it is because 
they want to know how I relate to 
people who are both my kind and 
not my kind. Is it possible that I 
belong to the same species as their 
teachers even though I am of a dif- 
ferent culture and race? Do I talk to 
them the same way I would talk to 
European teachers? And the biggest 
question of all: Do I really see them 
as equals? Although I am very much 
aware of their questions, the conclu- 
sions they draw from their observa- 
tions remain a mystery to me. 

An unusual invitation 

One of my students, a young man 
of 16, must have drawn the conclu- 
sion that it was safe to invite me to 
his home. Students occasionally visit 
a teacher's residence to ask for help 
or to discuss their grades. But it is 
rare for a teacher to be invited to a 
student's home. For professional 
reasons, teachers do not encourage 
the practice. It could be considered 

"apple polishing" or as a way for a 
student to seek a favor But being as 
curious about my students as they 
are about me, I did not want to miss 
this opportunity to get to know a 
student better. Nor did I want to 
take the risk of offending him. So 
for these reasons, I agreed to the 
visit. But I went with a lot of ques- 
tions in the back of my mind. 

A normal(?) guest 

The visit itself was quite unevent- 
ful. I could not help but notice the 
contrast between the shy and self- 
conscious behavior of the student's 
family towards me with the natural- 
ness and directness of the student. 
He almost treated me like a normal 
person. His attitude seemed to say, 
"Yes, I know that she is a teacher 
and that she is European, but so 
what? I know her. Can't I just talk 
to her the way I would talk to any- 
body else? Can't I just treat her like 
a normal guest?" 

Did he really treat me like a nor- 
mal guest? Well, I thought he did. 
But when I was ready to leave, I 
found out that either I wasn't a nor- 
mal guest or else his understanding 
of a normal guest was very different 
from mine. As I prepared to depart, 
he surprised me by telling me to 
wait a few more minutes because, as 
he said with a secretive smile, I 
could not leave without a present 
and the present was not quite ready. 
I was touched and intrigued by his 
sentiment. But I certainly wasn't 
prepared when his mother returned 
a few moments later with a live 
baby goat in her arms! 

Now it was my turn to act puzzled 
and embarrassed! To this day I won- 
der how my reaction was interpret- 
ed. It was only after I recovered 
from my surprise that I saw the look 
of delight on my student's face at 
the idea of presenting me with such 
a special gift. I hope that I expressed 
enough appreciation for the honor I 
was shown. 

At that moment, however, all I 
could think about was how I could 
carry a live baby goat home with me 
on the bus. Especially me, a person 
who doesn't even like to pet a well- 
domesticated cat! My student, notic- 
ing my disarray (teachers are defi- 
nitely helpless when it comes to 
dealing with real-life situations), 
and being the gracious host that he 
is, volunteered to ride with me. So 
on the two buses it took to get back 
to my house, he rode with me, hold- 
ing on his lap a bleating baby goat! 

To his credit, when I returned to 
school the next day, this student did 
not act any differently towards me 
than he had before the visit. In fact, 
he almost made a point of keeping 
his distance and of showing he was 
not expecting any special treatment. 
Since then he has come to my house 
to visit, and he continues to stop by 
occasionally, even though he is no 
longer my student. Yet I still wonder 
why I was the recipient of such a 
precious gift. And I continue to 
wonder who I am to him and to the 
other students. I know that I am 
definitively regarded as different, 
but why and how? Is it just because 
I am a teacher and a European? Or 
is there more to it than that? 

The scary part 

The students are aware that I be- 
long to a faith different from theirs. 
It is a challenge for me to know that 
I am watched so closely. The species 
I think I belong to is called Chris- 
tian, but all they know is that I am 
different. Ultimately they are the 
ones who will decide where I belong. 

It is always others who classify us, 
whether we like it or not. Because 
the students are aware that I belong 
to a different faith, it is they who 
will decide, from their evaluation of 
what they observe in me, whether 
the faith I hold is worthy of their 
consideration. And that, of course, 
is the scary part. [Ij'] 

July/August 1999 

Exploring Our Heritage 

By Robert Keplinger 



GERMANTOWN, Pennsylvania, 
now part of Philadelphia, is the 
North American home of Brethren 
in the United States. The Brethren 
movement, which began in central 
Germany in 1708, soon encountered 
severe persecution. This caused a 
group of Brethren to leave for 
America in 1719. They found their 
way to Germantown, where they 
were welcomed by the German- 
speaking community there. 

A church is born 

On Christmas Day 1723, the Breth- 
ren in Germantown gathered at 
Wissahickon Creek for the first bap- 
tism in North America. Afterward, 
they met in a home to observe the 
Love Feast of feetwashing, fellow- 
ship meal, and communion (bread 
and cup). Thus the Germantown 
church was born. 

Peter Becker, a weaver, led the 
new church. In 1729, Alexander 
Mack, Sr., the first pastor of the 
Brethren in Germany, arrived in 
Germantown with a large number 
of followers. Mack became a leader 
in the church at Germantown. Fol- 
lowdng Mack's death in 1735, his 
son, Alexander Mack, Jr, and Chris- 
topher Sauer (Sower), II, became 
leaders among the Brethren at Ger- 

For four decades the Germantown 
Brethren worshiped in homes. They 
then moved their worship services 
into the Pettikoffer house that stood 
at the front of the church property. 
Another part of the house was used 
as a residence for widows. 

The first meetinghouse was erect- 
ed in 1770. The main floor was used 
for worship services, the loft for 
overnight guests, and the basement 
for Love-Feast preparations. 

Church membership at German- 
town declined during most of the 
19th century, but in 1892 a period of 
renewal began under pastor Wilbur 
B. Stover. In 1896-97, a large sanc- 
tuary was constructed adjacent to 

the original meeting house. Then in 
1915 an extension was added for 
Sunday school classrooms. 

Growth continued under the lead- 
ership of Pastor M.C. Swigart, who 
served the congregation from 1906 
to 1939. By the 1930s membership 
had risen to 459. But beginning in 
the 1940s, numbers declined. In 
1964 the congregation merged with 
a neighboring church. Then in 1965 
Ron and Ila Lutz began a new out- 
reach effort to the community. 

A new beginning 

In 1989 Richard Keyermaten from 
Ghana became pastor, spurring Ger- 
mantown's re-establishment as a 
congregation. The church now car- 
ries on a full-orbed Christian min- 
istry. This includes worship ser- 
vices, Sunday school classes, music 
activities, women's groups, day care 
for preschool children, revival meet- 
ings, social occasions, food and 
clothing pantry, care of the home- 
less, ministry to drug abusers, and 
family counseling. 

Since 1964, the General Board of 
the Church of the Brethren has 

owned the Germantown building and 
property. Since 1982 the upkeep of 
the building and grounds has been 
the responsibility of the German- 
town Trust. This trust is made up of 
representatives from all six Breth- 
ren groups in the United States. 

Recent renovations have included 
refurbishing the first floor of the 
original building into a museum of 
Brethren history and Brethren arti- 
facts; putting a new roof on the 
meeting house; and preserving 
numerous graves in the cemetery, 
which is adjacent to the present 
buildings. A current project is to 
make handicapped-accessible rest 
rooms in the main church building. 

The cemetery was used as a buri- 
al site for victims of a yellow fever 
epidemic in 1793. It has more than 
1,000 graves. Among the notables 
buried there are Alexander Mack, 
Sr, his son Alexander Mack, Jr., and 
preacher-writer Harriet Livermore, 
who was immortalized in J.G. Whit- 
tier's poem Snowbound. Also in- 
terred there are 30 elders. 

If you have never visited the Ger- 
mantown property in Philadelphia 
or have not done so in recent years, 
I encourage you to do so. It will be 
well worth your time to see what we 
share as Brethren here in North 
America. [I]"] 

Rev. Keplinger, a retired Brethren 
pastor living in Ashland, Ohio, is The 
Brethren Church 's representative on 
the Germantown Trust. 

The Germantown Church building — getting a new roof. The original structure — 
which has been remodeled various times — is in the foreground. The larger section be- 
hind was the result of additions made in 1896 and 1915. 

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to General Conference 

THE 1999 General Confer- 
ence is fast approaching, 
but it is not too late to send in 
your reservation if you have not 
already done so. (A reservation 
form was included in the June 
Evangelist, page 9.) Confer- 
ence promises to be a great 
week of worship, inspiration, 
fellowship, and blessing, as 
Brethren come together to ask 
God to Renew Our Church. 

The schedule for Conference 
week was included in last 
month's issue of the Evange- 
list (page 7), and the evening 
speakers were highlighted in C//ie and Ruth Calver with their four children. 

the May issue (page 8). Two speak- 
ers who have not been highlighted 
are Ruth Calver, who will speak at 
the Missions Banquet on Wednes- 
day evening, and Bruce Sexton, who 

will present a message during the 
World Relief luncheon on Thursday. 
Ruth Calver. Not often do we 
have both a husband and wife speak 
at General Conference, but this will 

General Conference Offerings 

Each evening at General Confer- 
ence an offering is taken for some 
special project. In past years, some 
people who were unable to attend 
Conference have expressed an in- 
terest in contributing to these offer- 
ings. Therefore, here is information 
about this year's projects. 

Monday's offering will be used 
to hold regional workshops to pro- 
vide training for youth leaders. At 
these workshops youth leaders will 
have an opportunity to receive 
training, learn about the latest re- 
sources, and network with other 
leaders. The aim of these workshops 
is to empower Brethren youth lead- 
ers to reach a new generation of 
youth with God's Word. 

Tuesday's offering will go to- 
ward scholarships for Brethren 
churches participating in the 
Church Renewal and Redevelop- 
ment process at Ashland Theologi- 
C£il Seminary. Your gifts will provide 
both written materials for the pro- 
cess and subsides for churches that 
would otherwise not be able to par- 

Wednesday's offering will be 
used to provide scholarships for 

Brethren students in South Amer- 
ica attending the South American 
Theological Seminary and also to 
purchase books for the seminary 
library as it works toward accredita- 
tion. Offerings may be designated 
for either scholarships or books. 
Undesignated gifts will be equally 
divided between the two. 

Thursday's offering will pro- 
vide start-up funds for a mentors' 
network for Brethren Impact 
Church Planting. This network will 
develop training, networking, and 
continuing education opportunities 
to provide Brethren church-plant- 
ing teams with encouragement and 
in-the-field oversight from effective 
Brethren mentors. 

Your gifts for these offerings may 
be sent to General Conference with 
the delegation from your church, or 
they may be mailed directly to Gen- 
eral Conference Offerings, The 
Brethren Church, 524 College Ave., 
Ashland, OH 44805. Make checks 
payable to The Brethren Church 
and indicate the designation in the 
memo section of the check, or at- 
tach a note explaining how the gift 
is to be designated. [ij"] 

be the case when Mrs. Ruth Calver 
speaks at the Missions Banquet on 
Wednesday evening and her hus- 
band, Dr. Clive Calver, President of 
World Relief Corporation, speaks 
during the worship service to follow. 
Those who heard Dr. Calver last 
year are looking forward to hearing 
him again. But Mrs. Calver also has 
a reputation as someone you will 
want to hear. Before coming to the 
U.S. with her husband in 1997, she 
was a regular speaker in churches, 
women's groups, and conferences 
throughout the United Kingdom. 

Mrs. Calver is also an experienced 
writer and editor. But she charac- 
terizes herself as a "practitioner," 
someone who gets involved in the lives 
of the down and out. In England she 
reached out to London theater 
troupes, AIDS victims, drug addicts, 
and abandoned youth. 

She is also the mother of four chil- 
dren. Suzy, the youngest, is with her 
parents in the U.S., but their two 
sons, Kris and Gavin, remained in 
school in England when the Calvers 
came to the U.S. And their oldest 
child, Vicky, works with street chil- 
dren in India. 

Bruce Sexton. As Regional Direc- 
tor of Church Relations for World 
Reliefs Mid-Atlantic Region, Bruce 
Sexton has 
provided val- 
uable service 
to The Breth- 
ren Church. 
He keeps the 
National Of- 
fice informed 
of crisis situa- 
tions around 
the world and 
of World Re- 
Bruce Sexton jj^f^g response. 

He helps to arrange for World Relief 
speakers and provides displays and 
literature for Conference. 

Rev. Sexton brings both ministry 
and management experience to his 
work with World Relief He served 
for ten years as a pastor with the 
Christian & Missionary Alliance. He 
has also served in various leader- 
ship capacities on local boards of 
Christian organizations. But most 
important, he has a heart for the 
work of World Relief, and he will 
share that heart when he speaks at 
the World Relief luncheon. [I}"] 

July/August 1999 

Ashland University 

Ashland University: 

Providing a Unique Balance 

By Michael Gleason 

AMIE, a high school senior from 
southern Ohio, was looking for 
a college or university where she 
could complete a four-year degree as 
well as one that would provide her 
opportunities to grow as a Chris- 
tian. Ashland University was on her 
list, and after a search around the 
state, she moved Ashland to the top. 

Many factors influenced Amie's de- 
cision to attend Ashland University 
this fall. Among them are Ashland's 
course offerings, student/faculty ratio, 
reputation, campus appearance, and 
most importantly for her, the avail- 
ability of Christian programming. 
In her search she discovered that 
Ashland, in many ways, is unique. 

All schools have their strengths, 
but one of Ashland's is the balance 
we provide for the Christian student 
to develop in both mind and heart. 
Allow me to share with you a few of 
the Christian program highlights 
that helped Amie and her family 
decide that Ashland is indeed their 
university of choice. 

Navigator Ministries 

I mentioned to Amie that because 
the collegiate division of The Naviga- 
tors' organization has selected Ash- 
land University as a training cam- 
pus for future campus ministers, 
four graduates from various univer- 
sities (two men and two women) will 
come to Ashland in the fall of 1999 
for a two-year period. This will pro- 
vide additional female staff to men- 
tor her and other young women one- 
on-one or through small-group Bible 
studies (a strong priority for Navi- 
gators). Each trainee will also work 
alongside our three existing Naviga- 
tor staff persons (Joe Maggelet, 
Nathan Harrison, and Jack Miller). 

Meal and More 

Students like Amie, who are in- 
volved in their local church, are en- 
couraged when they learn that 
every other "Meal and More" chapel 
service hosts a student speaker. 
This past spring, for example. Brad 

Linboom from the Central District 
presented an excellent meditation 
that was well-received by faculty, 
staff, and students in attendance. 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 

This organization enjoyed an ex- 
ceptional year, with near-capacity 
crowds filling the lower chapel for 
weekly meetings. Its ministries 
have reached deep within the cross 
country, football, men's and women's 
basketball, baseball, and wrestling 
teams. Efforts to make inroads into 
other sports continue as well. 

Weekly meetings provide strong 
biblical teaching. FCA staff mem- 
bers and student "huddle leaders" — 
like recent graduate Keith Pepsny of 
the Ohio District — work hard to fol- 
low up new students and to facili- 
tate Bible studies. Recently four 
students affiliated with FCA, who 
made new or renewed commitments 
to Christ, were baptized. 

HOPE Fellowship 

This organization, which is now in 
the process of renewing its mission, 
is concentrating on ways to more 

As an 
FCA Huddle 
Leader, I 
have been 
blessed with 
as well as 
training from 
the Reli- 
gious Life 
staff. I've also had the opportunity 
to serve as co-worship-leader at 
University Church. Through these 
experiences and others at Ash- 
land University, the Lord has al- 
lowed me to grow by leaps and 
bounds. Now, as I go into campus 
ministry with The Navigators at the 
University of Maryland, I rejoice in 
the way God has used my time at 
Ashland to shape me. 
— Keith Pepsny, 1999 AU graduate 

aggressively expand its membership 
next fall. Current HOPE Fellowship 
officer Rachel Pennington (South- 
eastern district), recent graduate 
HOPE officer Chris Rufener (Ohio 
District), along with Emily Baker 
(Ohio District) and Tara Hubbard 

Serving as 
officer at 
Ashland Uni- 
versity was 
truly a bless- 
ing from 
the Lord. 
Through the 
ment and training of campus staff, 
I not only grew more intimate with 
God, I also learned how to share 
the gift of Christ through evange- 
lism and discipleship. All that I've 
learned will be carried with me as I 
enter the ministry next year with The 
Navigators. Pray that God alone 
will be glorified through my work. 
— Chris Rufener, 1999 AU graduate 

(Central District), served alongside 
a host of additional student volun- 
teers to provide strong leadership to 
the various HOPE ministries. Emily 
recently returned from the HOPE 
Fellowship international missions 
trip to Belize, Central America. 
Amie showed particular interest in 
the various programs and ministries 
of HOPE. In fact, she already has 
Wednesday night HOPE meetings 
on her fall calendar! 

University Church 

When Amie's family asked about 
local church opportunities, they 
were pleased to hear of the many 
nearby congregations as well as our 
on-campus University Church. I 
mentioned that in June, John Alli- 
son began serving alongside our de- 
partmental staff as the University 
Church's first full-time pastor. 

Brethren Student Outreach 

As was the case last year, each 
Brethren student coming to the uni- 
versity this fall will receive a per- 
sonal invitation to meet with me, as 
well as with other Brethren people 
from the university and the commu- 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Ashland University 

nity. It is our collective desire to 
help Brethren students assimilate 
to the Ashland community. 

Adventure Club 

Although not drawn to outdoor 
adventure herself, Amie was inter- 
ested to hear that recent Adventure 
Club trips took students backpack- 
ing in New Mexico and white-water 
rafting in West Virginia. This group 

/ have re- 
ceived a 
heavy bur- 
den for the 
AU campus 
for next year. 
Instead of 
going to 
other places, 
my vision 
and focus for 
the year are 
to find ways and seek God in 
reaching the campus for Jesus 
Christ through the Collegian, 
WRDL radio station, HOPE Fel- 
lowship, and discipleship. Please 
pray for the campus, for salvation, 
and a revival. 
— Rachel Pennington, AU junior 

enjoyed an excellent year and con- 
tinues to be one of the strongest 
outreach arms of our department. 

Christian Concert 

With her interest in music, Amie 
was pleased to learn that the Cam- 
pus Activities Board, HOPE Fellow- 
ship, and various student groups co- 
sponsor an annual winter Christian 
concert. Numerous community youth 
groups and several Brethren con- 
gregations in North Central Ohio 
support the event, which provides a 
valuable Christian outreach for the 

Religion Club 

This small but dedicated group 
maintains a strong commitment to 
its bi-monthly luncheon meetings. 
At these meeting, speakers discuss a 
wide variety of topics that are of in- 
terest to students who are majoring 
or minoring in religion. 


In March we enjoyed a strong at- 
tendance at our Easter Convocation, 
which featured well-known speaker 

Update Luncheon to be 
Part of General Conference 

You are invited to attend the first 
annual Ashland University Update 
Luncheon during the 1999 General 
Conference. It will be held on Tues- 
day, August 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the 
Trustees Room on the upper floor of 
the AU Convocation Center. 

If you are a Brethren pastor, an 
alumnus or alumna of Ashland Uni- 
versity or Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary, the parent of a current AU 

student, the parent of a high school 
student, or just an interested friend 
of the University, please join us for 
this free, informal lunch/discussion. 

Information will be shared re- 
garding the University's exciting 
Christian ministries, the latest cam- 
pus happenings, financial aid, plans 
for the future, and much more. 
Please bring your thoughts, com- 
ments, questions, and appetite! 

To register for the luncheon, 
please call Lanie Roberts at 1-800- 
882-1548, ext. 5088. [t] 

Dr Rickey Bolden, pastor of South- 
east Christian Fellowship. Dr Bolden 
remained on campus and spoke to 
both FCA and HOPE Fellowship. 
Amie's family was pleased to learn 
how the tradition of campus-wide 
convocations, which has been all but 
lost at many church-related institu- 
tions, still remains a strong empha- 
sis at Ashland University. 

An emphasis on both mind and 
heart — this is a balance that for Amie 

and her family tipped the scales in 
favor of Ashland University. If you 
are still searching for your "univer- 
sity of choice," let me encourage you 
to search for institutions that will 
furnish you with this unique balance. 
And if you do, I imagine that you 
may find, as Amie did, that Ashland 
University will top your list! [1]'] 

Dr. Gleason is Director of Reli- 
gious Life at Ashland University. 

My grandfathers (George 
Drushal and Albert Whitted, 
both of whom were Brethren 
pastors) both graduated from 
this school, as did my parents, 
my wife, and I. When God 
presented me with the oppor- 
tunity 15 years ago to return 
here to teach, it was a dream 
come true. I had always want- 
ed to try my hand at college 
teaching, and to do it at an in- 
stitution that is so much a part 
of my family was an exciting 
prospect. Since then our chil- 
dren have graduated from AU 
(fourth generation). All of us were well-prepared for our personal lives of min- 
istry for our Lord by attending Ashland University. 

Beyond my obvious emotional ties to the institution, I can honestly report 
that Ashland University is a great place to be. The students and faculty here 
are top-notch people. We have an active Christian presence on campus, in- 
cluding HOPE Fellowship, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Adventure 
Club, and the University Church. Each of these ministries is active on campus 
and in our community. Ashland is a place where you can grow in your Chris- 
tian faith and receive a quality education. Brethren students could ask for no 
more in looking for a place to spend four of the best years of their lives than 
Ashland University. I would welcome you to visit our campus, talk to our stu- 
dents and faculty, and see for yourselves what a great place Ashland can be. 
I would be excited to see you personally or correspond with you 
( or 311 Patterson Hall, Ashland University, 44805) or 
chat with you on the phone (419-289-5225). 

— Dr. J. Michael Drushal, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems 

July/August 1999 

Ashland University 

Ashland University is committed to 

attracting more Brethren students . . . 

and you can help! 

The VISTA (Volunteers in Service to Ashland) pro- 
gram is expanding to include a section especially for 
Brethren alumni, parents, and friends. The main 
goal of this group is to refer high school students to 
Ashland University. 

Through interaction with friends and neighbors, 
you may come into daily contact with Brethren 
students who are potential Ashland University 
students. Talk to them about Ashland. Then com- 
plete a referral card (like the one at the right) and 
send it to the Office of Admission. We will take it 
from there by providing the potential student with 
literature and invitations to visit our campus. 

It's easy, and it's a great way to help Ashland Uni- 
versity and The Brethren Church! 

If you would like more information on the VISTA 
program, please contact Richard Billman, VISTA Co- 
ordinator Call him at 1-800-882-1548, ext. 5081; or 
e-mail him at rbillman(o' 

To submit the name of a student, fill out the form 
at the right, clip it out, and mail it to: 

Admission Office, Ashland University, 
401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805-9981 


(Please print) 

Student's name 





Phone number 

Name of high school. 
Date of graduation 

Intended college major(s) 

Extracurricular activities student wishes to pursue 


Referred by 





E-mail address 

□ Please send me more referral cards. 


1999-2000 Visit Days at Ashland University 

September 25, 1999 

High school and college transfer 
students and their families are invited 
to a casual, fun-filled day on the Ash- 
land University campus. Interact with 
AU students, faculty, and administra- 
tors; tour the campus; and cheer the 
AU Eagle football team to victory! ($5 
per person; children under 10 free) 


Saturday, November 3, 1999 
Saturday, February 19, 2000 

An excellent opportunity for aca- 
demically-talented high school seniors 
to compete for top-level financial as- 
sistance. Those with the top 23 scores 
on each test date receive scholarships 
ranging from $12,000 to $1,000 per 
year. The day includes a continental 
breakfast, lunch, and a campus tour, 
plus valuable sessions for parents. 
($15 registration fee for the test-taker 
and two guests; additional guests $5) 

Friday, January 28, 2000 

This is a special day for high school 
juniors, seniors, and transfer students 
interested in Christian activities at 
AU. Beginning in the late afternoon, 
activities will include interaction with 
students and administrators from our 
Center for Religious Life, dinner with 
AU students, and an exciting Chris- 
tian concert. You will be hosted over- 
night by AU students who are active 
in our Christian organizations, allow- 
ing you to participate in the Winter 
Open House program on Saturday 
[see next description). ($5 per person 
for the Christian Activities Day; $10 
for the Christian Activities Day and 
the Winter Open House) 

Saturday, January 29, 2000 

Open to high school and college 
transfer students and their families, 
this day provides an opportunity to 

learn more about the academic oppor- 
tunities at Ashland as you mingle 
with the professors. You will also gain 
the student's perspective as you are 
guided on a campus tour And you will 
experience our award-winning food 
court firsthand. Admission and finan- 
cial aid information will also be pre- 
sented. Exciting NCAA Division II 
athletic action will round out the day, 
as the Eagle wrestlers and swimmers 
both have home meets. ($5 per per- 
son; children under 10 free) 

Saturday, April 8, 2000 

For high school students just start- 
ing your college search, this program 
will focus on the how-to's of the col- 
lege selection process. From financial 
aid to extracurriculai" activities, you 
will receive valuable hints, informa- 
tive handouts, and super ideas to help 
you and your parents successfully pre- 
pare for your college years. Interact 
with AU faculty members and stu- 
dents, tour the campus, and enjoy din- 
ing in Ashland's award-winning food 
court. ($5 per person; children under 
10 free) [1?] 


The Brethren Evangelist 


In Memory 

Edith L. (Polk) Rodkey, 85, 

national president of the Women's 
Missionary Society from 1952 to 
1967, died June 27 at a care home in 
Rossville, Ind. Born June 24, 1914, 
near Galveston, Ind., she was a 1931 
graduate of Young America High 
School and a graduate of Kokomo 
Music College. She also attended 
Taylor University. She taught piano 
lessons to scores of young people over 
a 40-year period and was the founder 
of the Burlington Music Club. 

She was married for more than 60 
years (since August 14, 1938) to 
Russell Rodkey, who survives her. 
Three months after their wedding, 
she joined the Burlington, Ind., 
First Brethren Church, and for the 
rest of her life she was a treasured, 
faithful, loving, and exemplary mem- 
ber of that congregation. Her funeral 
service was held at the Neptune 
Funeral Home in Burlington, with 
First Brethren pastor Rev. Dennis 
Sigle officiating. Memorial contribu- 
tions may be made to the National 
Women's Missionary Society. [1}] 

Brethren Pastor Dan Lawson to become 
new Director of Congregational l\/linistries 

Dr. Dan 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr 

Dan Lawson has ac- 
cepted a call to become 
Director of Congrega- 
tional Ministries for 
The Brethren Church, 
according to an an- 
nouncement by Dr. 
Emanuel Sandberg, 
Executive Director of 
the denomination. 

For the past 15 
years, Dr Lawson has 
served as a pastor in 
The Brethren Church, 
most recently (1995-present) as 
Senior Pastor of the Jefferson 
Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind. 
Prior to that he served the Oakville, 
Ind., First Brethren Church from 
1988-95 and the Vahey Brethren 
Church (Jones Mills, Pa.) from 

Raised in a Christian home in 
Wabash, Ind., Lawson accepted 
Christ as his savior at an early age 
and became a member of the College 
Corner Brethren Church. Following 
high school he entered Purdue Uni- 
versity and began studying aero- 
nautical engineering with the goal 
of becoming an astronaut. 

But according to Lawson, God had 
greater plans for him, and "by noth- 
ing short of a miracle" He called 
Dan to Christian ministry during 
his sophomore year at Purdue. Law- 
son transferred to Ashland Univer- 
sity, where he majored in religion 

1999 Brethren ATS graduates 

Ashland, Ohio — The following 
Brethren received degrees May 29 
from Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Bradley A. Hardesty — Doctor 
of Ministry degree. An elder and 
former pastor in The Brethren 
Church, Dr Hardesty current serves 
as associate pastor of First Chris- 
tian Church in South Bend, Ind. 

Ronald E. Miller, Sr. — Master 
of Divinity degree. From the Lin- 
wood, Md., Brethren Church, Miller 
is now the church-planting pastor of 
Living Waters Community (Breth- 
ren) Church in Mansfield, Ohio. 

Arnold L. and Joyce A. Owens 

— Master of Divinity degrees. 
Members of the Pleasant View 
Brethren Church, Arnold is seeking 
a Brethren pastorate and Joyce will 
serve with him. 

Brandelan S. Worthington — 
M.A. in Christian Ed. From Mans- 
field, Ohio, she is overseeing the 
Christian education program at Liv- 
ing Waters Community Church. 

Gregory B. Miller — M.A. in 
Christian Ministry. From Galve- 
ston, 111., he is a part of the core 
team of Living Waters Community 
Church in Mansfield. [tl 

and public speaking 
and minored in 
radio/TV broadcasting, 
receiving a B.A. degree 
in 1980. He continued 
his studies at Ashland 
Theological Seminary, 
receiving a Master of 
Divinity degree in 
1984. While pastoring 
the Valley Brethren 
Church, he did addi- 
tional work at Pitts- 
burgh Theological 
Lawson Seminary and received 

a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1989. 
In addition to his pastoral work, 
Lawson has a radio and tape min- 
istry, which he calls "Petros Min- 
istries." His weekly radio program, 
"Upon This Rock," is aired on 
WHME, LeSea Broadcasting, of 
South Bend, Ind. Cassette copies of 
this program are offered on a call-in 
basis, and numerous requests have 
been received. 

Lawson also has a strong interest 
in spiritual gifts and did his doctor- 
al dissertation on spiritual gifts as a 
means of developing lay ministries 
in the local church. Out of this he 
has developed a lay-ministry re- 
cruitment program for local church- 
es called "Living Sacrifice." He has 
presented Living Sacrifice as a one- 
day workshop to churches in Indi- 
ana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. 

He has written a number of arti- 
cles for The Brethren Evangelist, 
including his current monthly series, 
in which he applies Bible truths to 
our daily lives. He has also written 
two books, for which he is seeking 

In 1979 Lawson married Lynne 
Hirt of North Olmsted, Ohio. They 
are parents of two children, Alesia 
(15) and David (8). 

In announcing the call of Lawson 
to this position, Dr. Sandberg said, 
"I am looking forward to working 
closely with Dan. I expect his em- 
powering leadership to be impor- 
tant to the work of the Kingdom for 
decades to come." Lawson will begin 
serving as Director of Congregation- 
al Ministries in September [1]'] 

July/August 1999 



Trinity Pastor James R. Black 
surprised on 70th birthday 

Canton, Ohio — Members of the 
Trinity Brethren Church in North 
Canton, Ohio, had a surprise birth- 
day party and dinner on June 6 for 
their pastor, Rev. James R. Black. 
The occasion was Pastor Black's 
70th birthday 

Centerpiece of the birthday cele- 
bration was a giant-sized cake with 
a picture in the frosting of Pastor 
Black's hero — John Wayne. In- 
scribed on the cake were the words 
"Happy Birthday Pilgrim" and the 
reference "Hebrews 11:13." A good 
crowd of Trinity Brethren were on 
hand to help their pastor celebrate. 

Pastor Jim has been in Christian 
ministry for 42 years, including his 
14 years with the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church as Director 
of Home Missions (3V2 years) and 
then as Executive Director. Shortly 
after retiring from the Missionary 
Board in 1995, he began serving 
Trinity Church, and, according to 
publicity chair Wanda Kurlinski, he 
"is still going strong!" 

"He and Shirley have been a real 
blessing to Trinity Brethren," Mrs. 
Kurlinski continues, "and we appre- 
ciate them so much. We're so happy 
to have 
ing with 
us again 
[after her 
We wish 
them both 
well and 
know that 
Pastor Jim 
still has 
a lot of 
great ser- 
mons left 
in him!" 

Above, Pastor Jim Black with his cake, 
right, the Blacks enjoying the celebration 

Brad Whitehead installed as Senior Pastor 
May 16 at Goshen First Brethren Church 

Goshen, Ind. — Brad 
Whitehead was in- 
stalled Sunday, May 16, 
as Senior Pastor of the 
Goshen First Brethren 
Church. Goshen interim 
pastor Dr. Charles Mun- 
son gave the message 
for the service; District 
Elder Gene Eckerley 
presented the pastoral 
charge; and Moderator 
Ken Metzer received 
Pastor Whitehead and 
his family into the 

Pastor Whitehead has Pastor Brad and Tina Whitehead with children 
been serving at Goshen ^'^^^olas, Jennifer, and Jessica (right). 

First Brethren since 1996, when he 
started an outreach ministry to a 
local mobile home park and a con- 
temporary Sunday morning worship 
service as a means of attracting 
these young families to the church. 
In May 1997 the Goshen congi-ega- 
tion called him to serve full time as 
Associate Pastor of Youth and Out- 
reach, and he continued in that 
position until this spring, when the 
congregation approved a recommen- 
dation from the Pastoral Board that 
he become Senior Pastor 

Pastor Whitehead fills the posi- 
tion that became vacant in July 
1998, when Rev. Donald Rowser re- 
tired after 14 years as Senior Pastor 
of the Goshen Church. From July 
1998 until May of this year. Dr. 
M u n s n 
served as 
pastor. He 
will con- 
tinue to 
assist the 
church by 
ly and by 
night Bible 

In addi- 
tion to his 
service at 

the Goshen Church, Pastor White- 
head has been a popular speaker at 
district and national youth confer- 
ences. He is married, and he and his 
wife Tina have three children, Jes- 
sica, Nicholas, and Jennifer [^] 





















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Vol.121, No. 8 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

September 1999 

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General Conference: Will it make a difference? 

ANOTHER General Conference 
has come and gone. According 
to those who attended, it was a very 
good Conference. The speakers were 
all inspirational. The worship ser- 
vices were a blessing. And the times 
of Brethren fellowship were great. 

But more important, people were 
challenged. Hearts were changed. 
Commitments and recommitments 
were made. Renewal took place. 

But will this Conference make a 
difference? Only if there is follow 
through. Only if commitments made 
during the week are kept. Only if 
new ideas that were presented are 

Our Church 

implemented. Only if the inspira- 
tion received is translated into liv- 
ing for Christ more faithfully and 
serving Him more diligently. 

On the pages that follow are arti- 
cles about the Conference. They give 
only a taste of the good things that 
took place, for it's impossible to 
cover a week full of activities in 12 
pages. But they present enough of 
the week to remind you who attend- 
ed of the blessings you received and 
to spur you to follow through. And 
for those who did not attend, I hope 
that enough of the inspiration and 
challenge are conveyed that you, too, 
will be blessed and renewed, and 
that this Conference will make a dif- 
ference in your life as well. ['^] 
— R. Winfield, editor 

General Conference as Seen Through New Eyes 

WHAT does General Conference 
look like to someone who at- 
tends for the first time? Specifically, 
what would the 1999 General Confer- 
ence look like to someone who had 
never attended Conference before? 

To find out, I wrote down several 
questions about attending Confer- 
ence. Then on Monday afternoon of 
Conference week, I went to the brief- 
ing for first-time attenders to find 
someone who would be willing to jot 
down his or her answers to those 
questions during the week. 

I actually found a couple — a man 
and a wife — who were willing to tell 
about their Conference experience. 
Not only were they making their first 
visit to Conference, but so were their 
children, who attended the BYIC Con- 
vention and the Children's Program. 

The couple have been Brethren 
Church members for several years 
and both are active in their local 
church. They came to General Con- 
ference to see first hand what is go- 
ing on in the Brethren denomination 
nationwide and around the world. 

They also came with a desire to meet 
and fellowship with other Brethren. 

They said that they were pleasant- 
ly surprised by the Conference expe- 
rience — with new surprises every day. 
One special surprise they mentioned 
was that the business sessions were 
so short and so efficiently run. 

One of the high points of the week 
for this couple occurred the very first 
night — the opening night worship 
and praise. "The Holy Spirit was 
present, and God knew the Brethren 
were worshiping Him," they wrote. 
"With about 1,000 adults and youth, 
and the excellent Park Street Praise 
Band, it was a high point." 

They also listed as high points the 
message by Clive Calver (see pp. 6 
&7) and "the excellent workshops by 
Dan Lawson, Jerry Johnston, Terry 
Wardle, Richard Parrott, and Martin 
Sanders." All of these workshops, 
they said, "were especially stimulat- 
ing and should have lasting positive 

Many of us, after trying unsuc- 
cessfully to share with someone else 

the blessings of an experience, have 
thought or perhaps said, "You had to 
be there!" That seemed to be the 
sentiment of this couple, as they 
summed up their experience. 

"This was an excellent Confer- 
ence," they said. "It is impossible to 
give the Conference any justice by 
trying to describe it with words. We 
would urge all Brethren to attend 
General Conference as often as pos- 
sible. . . . There was something for 
everyone, and a great deal for most." 

And what about this family — do 

they plan to attend again? "Lord 

willing, we'll see you at Estes in 

2000," they said. [1>] 

— R. Winfield 

Inside this issue 

This entire issue of the Evange- 
list is given over to coverage of 
General Conference, held August 
2-6. Regular features, including 
news from around the denomina- 
tion, will return next month. 
The Women's Outlook Newsletter 
is in the center of this issue. 

Monday Evening Worship: 

Renew Our Youth 


Reported by David Stone 


theme of the first worship ser- 
vice of General Conference. This 
kickoff event was exciting, especial- 
ly because it was a joint session — 
with both adults and youth attending. 

The worship service began at 6:30 
p.m. Monday night with a welcome 
by Moderator John Shultz and music 
by the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church praise band. This 15- 
member band did a wonderful job of 
leading the Conference congrega- 
tion in worship the entire evening 
with a mix of praise songs that 
added up to over an hour of music. 

Dr. Emanuel (Buzz) Sandberg, 
Executive Director of The Brethren 
Church, commented on encouraging 
signs in the church. He mentioned 
that the church has turned the cor- 
ner on church planting, with many 
new works up and running. Train- 
ing for church planters and for 
church renewal has also been devel- 
oped and emphasized. 

The church is also recruiting more 
pastors. He said that more Brethren 
seminary students are studying for 
pastoral ministry now than were 
graduated in the last five years. 
Other positive signs include in- 
creased giving to the denomination, 
doubling of World Relief giving last 
year, and the good spirit in the 
church. Dr. Sandberg then introduced 
the daily themes of the Conference. 

Our National Youth Leader Jaime 

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Gillespie presided during the receiv- 
ing of the evening offering. She said 
that the purpose of the offering was 
to help pay for regional workshops 
to provide training for youth leaders. 
After referring to some of the recent 
tragedies involving teenagers, she 
gave this challenge to the Confer- 
ence congregation: "It's time for us 
as the church to take back the youth 
of our country." A total of $1,956 
was collected to help equip our 
youth leaders for that purpose. 

The National Youth Drama Team 
performed a skit that encouraged 
church leaders to allow their youth 
to minister to the church. The skit 
portrayed the frustration of a youth 
member who felt called to minister 
but was unable to find a leader in 
the church who would allow her to 
do so. 

Dr. Jerry Johnston was the fea- 
tured speaker for the evening. He 
has a national reputation, speaking 
especially in public schools and 
youth rallies all over the country. He 
began by speaking personally about 
his own past as a child of a traveling 
father and an alcoholic mother. He 
became involved in drugs to the ex- 
tent that he decided to commit sui- 
cide. After attending camp, however. 

he gave his life to Jesus Christ, and 
Jesus transformed his life. In time 
Jesus changed the lives of his par- 
ents as well. After this personal 
story, Mr. Johnston described the 
eight greatest steps we can take to 
save our children. 

1. Start listening with your 
heart. Parents should be listening 
to their children earnestly. Dr John- 
ston pointed out that the moment a 

A youth member (Emily Baker, I.) becomes increasingly friis- 
Irated as one more church leader (Heidi Bowers) is unwilling to 
give her an opportunity to minister to the church — in a drama 
presented by the National Youth Drama Team. 

Dn Buzz Sandberg talks about encour- 
aging signs in The Brethren Church. 

child is ready to talk is usually not a 
convenient time for the parent, but 
the parent should set other things 
aside. Non-verbal cues are important 
indicators as well. He warned, "If 
I'm not speaking to my children about 
real issues, someone else will." 

2. Be discerning. Even if par- 
ents listen, they may be misled by 
their child. Parents need to be dis- 
cerning about what is going on with 
and around a child. He noted, for ex- 
ample, that 80 to 
90 percent of the 
sexual abuse of 
children is com- 
mitted by some- 
one the family 
knows and trusts. 
3. Exhibit, ex- 
ude, and teach 
with love. Dr. 
Johnston gave a 
literal transla- 
tion of 1 Corin- 
thians 13:5 — 
"True love never 
keeps the books 
on all the wrong 
done to it." Good 
parents need to 

The Brethren Evangelist 

be forgiving parents, because we 
know for sure that our children are 
going to mess up and do the wrong 
thing at times. Parents must ex- 
hibit the agape love that the Bible 

4. Embrace them. Hugging and 
holding are important elements of 
the critical bond between parents 
(grandparents, etc.) and their chil- 
dren. There are now 14 million 
teenagers who grew up as latchkey 
kids. One theory about the high sui- 
cide rate among today's teenagers is 
that they never bonded with their 

5. Monitor your teenager's 
friends. Mr Johnston reminded 
the Conference: "We become like 
those we hang out with." He re- 
counted a ride home from a confer- 
ence during which his son, Jeremy, 
mentioned his desire to start 
STORM groups. STORM is an 
acronym for Strong Teenagers On a 
Rescue Mission. The concept is for 
mature Christian teenagers to influ- 
ence others for good. 

6. Model the message. Children 
will do what their parents or 

guardians do, not what they say. 
Parents should live in the way they 
hope their children will live. 

Dr. Jeny Johnston presents eight steps 
to save our children. 

7. Be honest with your disci- 
pline. Mr Johnston repeated twice, 
"Every child needs the security of a 
parent who cares enough to disci- 

pline them." He presented disci- 
pline as a positive element that chil- 
dren need for their own well-being. 

8. Pray with them. Dr Johnston 
said that he asked his daughter for a 
commitment that she would not 
date a boy until he came to pray 
with her father He affirmed the 
truth of the old saying, "A family 
that prays together stays together." 

Dr. Johnston mentioned how won- 
derful it would be if the nation 
would choose leaders who were good 
examples to our youth. Then he con- 
cluded with the observation, "The 
hope of America is not the White 
House; it's the house of God." 

An altar call was given for those 
who wanted to surrender their lives 
to Jesus for the first time, those who 
were making a commitment to 
change their home life, and those 
who were sensing a call to full-time 
service. The area in front of the 
platform was crowded to overflow- 
ing with people who came forward 
in response. [^] 

Rev. Stone is pastor of the Saraso- 
ta, Fla., First Brethren Church. 

Dr. Jerry Johnston introduces his teenage son, Jeremy, to the Con- 
ference. Jeremy, who heads a ministry called STORM, an acronym 
for Strong Teenagers On a Rescue Mission, spoke to the BYIC Con- 
vention on Tuesday morning of Conference. He was well-received by 
the youth. 

In addition to his Monday evening 
message. Dr. Jerry Johnston presented 
a workshop on Tuesday morning enti- 
tled "Renew Our Children Through 
Youth Ministry." In his preliminary re- 
marks, he stated that for young people 
"love" is spelled "t-i-m-e." He went on 
to say that every adult has the oppor- 
tunity to mentor some young person 
for Christ. But we need to make the 
message clear 

Using Ephesians 2 as his text, he 
presented several cardinal truths that 
are part of the message youth need to 
hear: by grace we are saved; we are 
raised up and seated with Christ; we 
are trophies of God's grace; we are God's 
workmanship; we are God's close 
friends. Young people, Dr. Johnston 
said, are waiting to hear this message. 

Tapes of both Dr. Johnston's Monday 
evening message and his Tuesday 
morning workshop (as well as tapes of 
other Conference speakers and work- 
shops) are available from the National 
Office (524 College Ave., Ashland OH 
44805). Tapes are $5.00 each, 4 tapes 
for $16.00, or all 11 tapes (4 evening 
speakers and 7 workshops) for $45.00. 
Add $2.00 to your order for shipping. 

September 1999 


Tuesday Evening Worship: 

Renew Our Families 

Reported by Paul Sluss 


ONE of the greatest privileges we 
can experience as believers is 
meeting with God in a way that 
transforms us into the image of His 
Son. This was clearly the purpose of 
our Tuesday evening worship ser- 
vice at General Conference, as we 
focused our worship on the theme 
"Renew our Families." 

The service was led by the wor- 
ship team from the Smoky Row 
Brethren Church of Columbus, 
Ohio, under the direction of Pastor 
Tom Schiefer They took us into the 
presence of God through a variety of 
vocal and instrumental numbers. 

Professor Richard Parrott of Ash- 
land Theological Seminaiy told the 
congregation that the evening offer- 
ing would be used to provide finan- 
cial assistance to Brethren churches 
and pastors participating in the 
"Renewing Pastor and People" sem- 
inars recently begun through the 
seminary. Dr Parrott said that what 
the church needs today is pastors 
and leaders who are (1) alive in re- 
lationship with God; (2) alive in per- 
sonal wholeness and well-being; and 
(3) alive and accountable to a loving 
community of faith. The "Renewing 
Pastor and People" program will en- 
courage pastors and churches to 
capture a vision, reorganize for min- 
istry effectiveness, and find out what 
God is doing and get involved in 
helping Him do it. An offering of 
$1,507 was received. 

A man who loves his family 

The featured speaker for the 
evening, Dr Fred Finks, ATS Presi- 
dent, was introduced by ATS Aca- 
demic Dean Dr. David Hartzfeld. Dr. 
Hartzfeld introduced Dr Finks as a 
"man who loves and is committed to 
his family, particularly his grand- 
children. He also is a decisive leader 
who has brought Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary from a relatively 
unknown school to the forefront in 
quality seminary education." 

Dr Finks began his message on 
the family by reading from Joshua 
24. Joshua, at the end of his life, had 
gathered all the people on the plain 
of Shechem and offered them this 
word of encouragement: "But as for 
me and my household, we will serve 
the Lord" (Josh. 24:15). 

Dr. Fred Finks — challenging Brethren 
families to be committed to the Lord. 

"I come from an immediate family 
connected to the Lord," Dr Finks 
stated, as he described the family 
environment that shaped his life 
and faith. His grandparents, Romeo 
and Ruth Finks, and his parents, 
Lee and Alice Finks, were all faithful 
members of the Maurertown, Vir- 
ginia, Brethren Church. 

Dr Finks said that he can still see 
his father at the end of the couch and 
his mother out on the porch, both 
studying their Bibles and reading 
their Sunday school lessons. "I can't 
even name the Mouseketeers," he 
quipped, "because every time Walt 
Disney was on, we were in church." 

"I grew up in an environment," he 
said, "in which we talked about God 
a lot. He was like a member of our 
family. So at the age of nine, at sum- 
mer camp, it wasn't unusual to see 
me go forward on Thursday night to 
dedicate myself to full-time Christian 
service — because I saw the Chris- 
tian life lived out every day at home." 

So it was in Joshua 24. Joshua 

assembles the people and reminds 
them of their heritage. He traces 
their family tree and points out how 
they are standing on the faithful- 
ness of their forefathers. Faithful 
men are brought to mind — ^Abraham, 
Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. The people 
hear again the stories of God's faith- 
fulness — how God brought them out 
of slavery, helped them conquer 
their enemies, and gave them a 
land, the land He had promised. 

A deep, dark secret 

But Joshua also reminds the peo- 
ple of their deep, dark secret. God's 
people had always had a secret sin 
that kept them from fully knowing 
God's blessing. It was their fascina- 
tion with idols — wooden and stone 
objects that they believed contained 
magical power This secret sin went 
back as far as Abraham's father, 
Terah, and it continued during the 
time of slavery in Egypt, when the 
Israelites began to attach them- 
selves to other gods. 

This secret sin is not just some- 
thing of long ago; it is happening 
even now in our culture, according 
to Dr. Finks. People 50 years of age 
and older can remember a nation 
that was primarily Christian. "White 
steepled churches dotted the coun- 
tryside and radio preachers filled 
the radio air waves," he said. "We 
were a nation that trusted in God, 
and we wrote it on our money and 
put it on our government buildings. 
We weren't afraid to pray in schools 
or to pray at school board meetings 
for that matter But somewhere 
along the way something changed. 
It was a compromise here and a 
compromise there until we sold our- 
selves into slavery and began to 
worship other gods." 

Francis Schaeffer, a name widely 
known in church circles, stated more 
than 30 years ago that soon a "post- 
Christian world would emerge in 
which God would be sidelined and 
the church would be silent." Dr Bach 
in a recent book called Mayhem tells 
how far we have slipped. He says that 
by the time children leave elemen- 
tary school, they have viewed 8,000 
murders and more than 100,000 
acts of violence on Ty video games, 
and movies. It seems that our world 
is polluted with violence, and every- 
one is afraid, (continued next page) 

The Brethren Evangelist 

As Joshua stood before the people, 
he could remember the nation when 
it was on the outside looking in. 
Joshua was just a young man when 
God's people stood at the brink of 
entering the Promised Land and 
grumbled, wanting instead the old 
days in Egypt. He knew what it was 
like to have a nation forget its faith 
in God. But Joshua would not falter. 
"All his life Joshua remained faith- 
ful to God. He never gave up his 
faith," Dr Finks said. 

Exodus 33:11 enlightens us as to 
why Joshua remained steadfast to 
God. Joshua was dedicated to the 
tabernacle, the place of God's spe- 
cial presence. He wanted to remain 

with God. Is it any wonder that 
when God's people needed a new 
leader, that Joshua was the man? 

When Joshua became Israel's 
leader, he was given this command 
from God: "Be strong and courageous. 
Do not be terrified; do not be 
discouraged, for the Lord your God 
will be with you wherever you go" 
(Josh. 1:9). 

A challenge to choose 

The challenge that Joshua set be- 
fore the people of Israel on the plain 
of Shechem is the very choice that 
Joshua himself had to make when 
he become their leader So he asks 
them, "Will you follow the one true 

God, or will you rely on the wooden 
statues you carry in your pocket? 
You must make a choice." The chal- 
lenge from Joshua was to choose. 
He drew the line. 

If the family is to survive, we all 
must protect, preserve, and share 
our faith with the generations to fol- 
low. What will the future of our peo- 
ple be? We, like Joshua and God's 
people, stand at a crossroads. Will 
we say with Joshua, "As for me and 
my household, we will serve the 
Lord"? The challenge is to choose, 
and the future depends on us. ['li'] 

Rev. Sluss is pastor of the Smith- 
ville, Ohio, Brethren Church. 

Tuesday Business Sess 

The first of two business sessions 
was held Tuesday morning of Confer- 
ence week. The session was brief In 
fact. Moderator John Shultz was 
hard-pressed to use up a reasonable 
amount of the 90 minutes allotted. 

The first two items of 
business following the 
seating of delegates were 
the recognition of one 
new congregation and 
approval of a change in 
status of a second. 

Living Waters 

Community Church, 
a new Brethren con- 
gregation being started ' 
in Mansfield, Ohio, was ■ 
recognized as a class. 
Rev. Ron Miller serves 
as pastor of this class, 

which meets in the Moderator John Shu tz did a 
building of the former good job of keeping the busi- 
Walcrest Brethren ness sessions hght and hvely. 

Church. The core group for Living 
Waters has been meeting for several 
months, and the congregation will 
have its birth Sunday September 19. 

Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship 
of Peru, Ind., formerly a class, was 
recognized as a Mission Congregation. 
This is the second step on the way to 
becoming a fully-recognized Brethren 
church. Rev. Jim Thomas is pastor of 
this new congregation, which held its 
birth Sunday on March 21 of this year 
The group meets in the Community 
Center at the Grissom Aeorplex (for- 
merly Grissom Air Force Base) and 
averages approximately 80 in atten- 
dance for Sunday morning worship. 

In his report to the Conference, Dr. 

Emanuel (Buzz) Sandherg, Execu- 
tive Director for The Brethren Church, 
presented Dr Dan Lawson, the newly- 
called Director of Congregational 
Ministries, to the Conference. Dr. 
Lawson, until recently pastor of the 
Jefferson Brethren 

Church of Goshen, Ind., 
will assume his new po- 
sition in September. 

Dr. Sandberg also an- 
nounced that the Execu- 
tive Board has decided 
to appoint a full-time 
Director of Stewardship 
and Development. He 
invited anyone who 
feels called to this posi- 
tion to contact him or 
Berniece Miller at the 
National Office. 

An opportunity was 

given for delegates to 

add names to the slate 

of nominees that had been prepared. 

Delegates then had until 7:00 p.m. on 

Wednesday to cast their ballots. 

Ashland University President Dr. 
G. William Benz welcomed Brethren 
to the university campus for the Con- 
ference. Referring to plans to hold the 
year 2000 General Conference at 
Estes Park, he commented, "You can 
go to Colorado next year, but this is 
your home. And we want you back!" 

The Brethren denomination had a 
total of 13,494 members at the end of 
1998, according to the Statistician's 
report, 362 fewer than at the end of 
1997. On the other hand, the average 
Sunday morning worship attendance 
of 12,515 in 1998 was 406 higher than 

in 1997. A total of 702 new members 
were added by reporting churches. 

The Chaplain Endorsing Agent re- 
port included an expression of appre- 
ciation to Chaplain Eugene J. Beek- 
ley for his 25 years of service to the 
denomination as Chaplain Endorsing 
Agent. In this position he was con- 
cerned with recruiting, evaluating, 
promoting, and overseeing chaplains. 
He also kept track of congressional 
actions pertaining to religious minis- 
tries in the Armed Forces. With Chap- 
lain Beekley's retirement from this 
position. Chaplain Joseph Hanna has 
assumed these responsibilities. [Ij"] 
— R. Winfield 

Spiritual Formation Workshop 

On Tuesday afternoon Ashland 
Seminary professors Terry Wardle and 
Richard Parrott began a three-session 
workshop on Spiritual Formation of 
the Local Church. Defining spiritual 
formation as the process of being con- 
formed to the image of Christ for the 
benefit of people everywhere, they dis- 
cussed four stages in this process. 

1. Awakening — when the church 
says, "There must be more than this!" 
Dissatisfaction with the way things are. 

2. Purging and perfecting — giving 
up what s holding the church back; tak- 
ing hold of what will move it forward. 

3. Illumination — seeing and experi- 
encing God and the church in new and 
powerful ways. 

4. Union — a deeper relationship with 
God and with one another. 

The goal of this process of spiritual 
formation is that Christ be glorified. 

Cassette tapes of the three ses- 
sions are available from the National 
Office for $15.00 (Stapes, $5.00 each). 

September 1999 


Wednesday Evening Worship: 

Renew Our Heart for the Lost 

Reported by Ann DeVeny 


This was my sentiment after lis- 
tening to Dr. Clive Calver, president 
of World Relief, speak Wednesday 
evening to the Brethren about re- 
newing our hearts for the lost! But 
first, I must mention the preparation 
of our hearts that occurred when Dr. 
Doug Little, a professor at Ashland 
Theological Seminary, shared por- 
tions of his trip to Argentina to 
teach at the South American Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

In his brief comments before the 
offering. Dr. Little challenged his 
listeners with the fact that he had 
"met Christ in their faces" — in the 
faces of those we have partnered 
with at the seminary and in the 
faces of the students who attend. I 
wondered what changes I would need 
to make in my own life in order for 
my church family and the residents 
of Manteca where I live to see Christ 
in my face. Dr Little used words like 

hard work, commitment, and sacri- 
fice to help us examine our hearts 
and minds and to prepare us to hear 
Dr. Calver Just as Dr Little's "heart 
was strangely warmed" by these 
people in Argentina, even so was 
mine by his brief comments and by 
Dr Calver's message. 

The charm of his British back- 
ground came through as Dr. Calver 
relayed his heart of gratitude for the 
168 percent increase in giving to 
World Relief, followed by statistics 
regarding the plight of the Sudanese, 
who are starving for lack of food and 
suffering for the cause of Christ. He 
refreshed our vision and renewed 
our call by reiterating the mission of 
World Relief — "churches helping 
churches help the poor in the name 
of Jesus." We so need such a re- 
minder, when as American Chris- 
tians we often leave the poor for our 
government to provide for. 

Jesus' miracle of turning water into 

Ruth Calver speaks on sitting and serving 

Dr. Clive Calver was accompa- 
nied to Ashland by his wife, Ruth, 
who spoke at the Missions Ban- 
quet that preceded the Wednesday 
evening service. Mrs. Calver used 
the account of Jesus with Martha 
and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 as the 
text for her message. 

Confessing that she is an ac- 
tivist and not very good at sitting, 
she nevertheless acknowledged 
that this passage teaches us that 
sitting with Jesus comes first, and 
service later Before we go, Christ 
wants our fellowship. Out of our 
fellowship with Jesus comes our 
service. "How is your heart?" she 
asked. "Is it set on Jesus?" 

On the other hand, she contin- 
ued, we can't just sit behind our 
church doors and have fun in 
Jesus. We need to get out where 
the people are. We keep saying to 

people, "Come to our church." 
But Jesus said, "Go!" 

"We need to sit at Jesus' feet so 
that we can go out in His strength," 
Mrs. Calver said in summary. 
"Then let us go out into a world 
that needs Jesus." 

— R. Winfield 

wine (John 2:1-11) was Dr Calver's 
focus as he provided five points for 
evaluating our need of renewed 
hearts for the lost. He shared a 
poem called "Indifference," written 
by someone after World War I. The 
poem portrays the aloneness of 
Christ at Calvary and faces us with 
the question, "Why should we need 
our hearts renewed for the lost, 

Di Cine Cahei piesident of Woild 
Relief, draws lessons from Jesus miracle 
at Cana of turning water into wine. 

when reaching the lost is exactly 
what Jesus sent us to do?" 

Dr Calver perceives that Jesus' 
divine intention through the events 
of this miracle was to teach us: 

1. We can't divide our lives into 
the secular and spiritual. Jesus 
began His ministry at a party, an un- 
likely place to share Himself Thus, 
in the most unlikely places is probably 
where we can expect our best oppor- 
tunities to share the love of Christ. 

2. We must have a sacrificial, 
committed lifestyle that will 
touch the world for Jesus. We 
are to be people who transform our 
world, not those who are trans- 
formed by this world. Jesus touched 
a leper. We too ought to be involved 
in all facets of life, even unfamiliar 
situations and events, so as to be 
available for those opportunities. 
It's an awesome thought that we can 
afford to sacrifice now since we're 
going to spend eternity with Jesus! 
Even at the wedding Jesus showed 
that He saves the best until last! 

3. We must follow the instruc- 

The Brethren Evangelist 

tion of Mary to do whatever 
Jesus asks us to do! Was the mir- 
acle at this wedding the fact that 
Jesus changed the water into wine? 
No, that's not the miracle, for He 
made the water and the wine in the 
first place! The real miracle was 
that the stewards at the wedding 

followed Mary's advice and did what 
Jesus told them to do! If we would 
follow the implications of the trendy 
acron3an WWJD, just what results 
would we see here in America? 

4. We must allow our Savior 
and Lord to take the water of 
our weakness and turn it into 

Introduced to Con- 
ference at the Mis- 
sions Banquet and 
again during the 
Wednesday evening 
worship service were 
two women from The 
Brethren Church in 
Argentina — Marcela 
Rivero (1.) and Monica 
Santiago. The two 
have come to the U.S. 
to study at Ashland 
Theological Seminary 
as preparation for 
teaching at the new South American 
Theological Seminary in Argentina. 
The offering from the Wednesday 
evening service (which totaled $3,766) 

will be used for scholarships for Breth- 
ren students at the South American 
Theological Seminary and for books 
for the seminary's library. [U'] 

the wine of His love. Jesus used 
the outcast, the rebel, the unexpect- 
ed, and the downtrodden to bring 
about transformation in the lives of 
others. Are we willing, even though 
we perceive ourselves to be un- 
equipped, to say "yes" to opportuni- 
ties that will stretch us to be used of 

5. We must be willing, with our 
eyes on eternity, to be used to 
change our world. He reminded 
us that the church is not a hospital 
for saints but a teaching ground for 
sinners. We must not be using and 
abusing our privileges as children of 
the King when there is work to be 
accomplished! [D] 

Mrs. DeVeny is a member of North- 
gate Community Brethren Church of 
Manteca, Calif, where her husband is 
the pastor 

Note: Worship during tlie Wednesday 
evening service was led by a praise team 
from Grace Community Clnurcli, tlie new 
Brethren congregation being planted in 
Winchester, Va. 

SON, intro- 
duced to this Con- 
ference as the new 
Director of Con- 
gregational Minis- 
tries for The 
Brethren Church, 
gave a lively work- 
shop presentation 
Wednesday morn- 
ing of Conference 
entitled "Develop- 
ing Lay Ministries 
in Your Church." 
The workshop fo- 
cused on spiritual gifts and person- 
ality types and how these relate to 
becoming living sacrifices for 

Defining spiritual gifts as special 
attributes given by the Holy Spirit 
to all members of the church. Dr. 
Lawson said that knowing our 
spiritual gifts enables us as mem- 
bers of the church to work togeth- 
er in love, harmony, and effective- 
ness wdthout pride, envy, and false 
humility. He also made five sugges- 
tions (all starting with "e") for dis- 
covering one's spiritual gift(s): ex- 
plore the possibilities, examine 

your feelings, experiment, evalu- 
ate your effectiveness, and expect 

Having said that there is a corre- 
lation between the way God equips 
us (with spiritual gifts) and the 
way God created us (our personal- 
ities). Dr. Lawson talked about 
personality types. He focused 
specifically on the four basic tem- 
peraments and how these relate to 
Christian service. 

As Christians, the goal of recog- 
nizing our personality types and of 
knowing our spiritual gifts is that 
we might become living sacrifices 

to God (Rom. 12:1). As living sacri- 
fices we are committed to living a 
Godly life, loving with a Christ- 
like love, and serving a Spirit-filled 
service. Dr. Lawson concluded his 
workshop with an overview of how 
to implement a living sacrifice 
model in a local church. 

A cassette tape of Dr. Lawson's 
lV'2-hour workshop (worth hearing!) 
is available from the National Of- 
fice for $5.00. The Conference work- 
shop was a condensation of a day- 
long workshop that Dr. Lawson 
presents in local churches. [Ij'] 
— R. Winfield 

September 1999 

Thursday Evening Worship: 

Renew Our Leadership 


Reported by Roy Andrews 


ship service was led by Ashland 
Theological Seminary (ATS) person- 
nel. Dr. Lee Solomon served as wor- 
ship leader, and the ATS Choir — 
under the direction of Dr. Ron 
Sprunger — provided leadership for 
the congregational singing. Special 
music was also presented by the 
choir under the direction of ATS 
graduate Glenn Jones. 

During the service ATS President 
Dr. Fred Finks announced that three 
couples — Ken and Lois Miller, Pete 
and Nancy Peterson, and Emanuel 
and Ann Sandberg had generously 
pledged a total of $2.3 million for a 
new leadership center at the sem- 
inary. These pledges plus an earlier 
gift will cover all but $700,000 of the 
$4-million project. Dr. Finks said that 
in recognition of the commitment of 
Buzz and Ann Sandberg to this pro- 
ject, the facility will be named the 
Sandberg Leadership Center. 
The message for the service was 

A severe injury to his ankle forced Dr 
Martin Sanders to sit on a stool while 
presenting his message, hut this in no 
way diminished his effectiveness. 

brought by Dr. Martin Sanders, 
associate professor of pastoral theol- 
ogy at Alliance Theological Sem- 
inary and president of Global Lead- 
ership. Dr Sanders spoke about the 

Christ to change our world for Him. 
This raising of the standard will 
require a new attitude by both the 
pastoral leadership and the laity, 
which will be evidenced by how we 
spend our time in any given church 
ministry week. Dr Sanders' mea- 
suring stick for this shift was con- 
tained in his statement, "The very 
nature and heart of the church is 
life change." 

Turning his emphasis to life- 
change in the arena of evangelizing 
the lost. Dr. Sanders reminded the 
Conference that "committee work" 

These three couples (I. to r.) — Lois and Ken Miller. Nancy and Pete Peterson, and 
Ann and Buzz Sandberg — have pledged a total of $2.3 million dollars to the new 
Sandberg Leadership Center at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

church's future by reflecting on the 
past. Mark 1 provided the scriptural 
basis for his reflections on "Min- 
istry — Jesus' Style." 

According to Dr. Sanders, the pri- 
mary passion of the Lord Jesus was 
disciple-making. He said that com- 
ing to this conclusion was "elemen- 
tary logic," since Jesus spent the 
vast majority of His time calling dis- 
ciples, equipping disciples, and en- 
couraging those disciples to make 
more disciples! He noted that this 
stands in contrast to much of what 
today's church expends its re- 
sources on. 

Today our churches are program- 
focused, he said. We give our people 
"good stuff," but not always "life- 
changing stuff " The measure of the 
life-changing efforts of a church is 
whether disciples reproduce them- 
selves into disciples in the next gen- 
eration, and the next and the next! 

Dr. Sanders challenged Brethren 
people to go beyond being merely 
"nice people" by adding to this qual- 
ity the empowering authority of 

was never intended to be a substi- 
tute for "conversion work." His sto- 
ries of practical evangelism tools, 
such as his list of "The Top Ten Sin- 
ners I Know," showed how Dr. 
Sanders makes use of such simple 
strategies as praying for a person 
weekly and contacting the person 

Our effectiveness, according to Dr. 
Sanders, comes from the authority 
of Jesus Christ. The teachers of the 
Law quoted other people about God, 
while Jesus healed and taught as 
though He knew God! When speak- 
ing to our lost neighbors about 
Jesus, we need not be eloquent. We 
simply need to communicate that 
"we may be the only one in this 
town who cares about your soul." 
This passion for the souls of others 
must be balanced, however, with a 
sincere concern for our own fami- 
lies, the people who are closest to us. 

Dr Sanders closed his powerful 
message by pointing out that in 
Jesus' ministry style. He gave prior- 
ity to the lost. Jesus was, in fact, 

The Brethren Evangelist 

willing to give up opportunities to 
do highly effective ministry with be- 
lievers in order to go elsewhere and 
proclaim good news to those who 
had not yet heard. This was the 
heart of Christ! 

An invitation for those touched by 
Dr. Sanders' challenge to respond 

was accepted by dozens, who came 
forward to ask that "they might 
capture the heart of Christ for the 

lost!" m 

Rev. Andrews is associate pastor of 
the First Brethren Church of Nappa- 
nee, Indiana. 

Workshop by Martin Sanders 

In addition to his Thursday evening 
message, Dr. Martin Sanders present- 
ed a workshop on Thursday afternoon 
entitled "Developing Leaders for Your 
Ministry." It focused on discipleship and 

"Discipling others," Dr Sanders said, 
"is a process whereby a Christian with 
a life worth emulating commits himself 
or herself for an extended period of time 
to a few individuals who have been 
won to Christ for the purpose of aiding 
and guiding their growth toward maturi- 
ty and then to equip them to reproduce 
in the next spiritual generation." 

"Discipleship," Dr. Sanders said, "is 
the umbrella under which the entire 
church and its ministry is to function." 
"Why are we doing things that do not 
contribute to discipleship?" he asked. 

"If ifs not about life-change, why are 
we doing it.?" He later added, "Basic 
discipleship is crucial for anything we 
are going to do in mentoring and lead- 
ership development." 

"Mentoring," Dr. Sanders continued, 
"is a relational experience in which one 
person (a mentor) empowers another 
(the mentoree) by sharing God-given 
resources." These resources can be 
wisdom, information, leadership, expe- 
riences, confidence, insight, etc. He 
said that in both discipleship and men- 
toring, the goal is to empower, not to 
control. He went on to differentiate be- 
tween what mentoring is and what it is 
not, and to talk about kinds of mentors. 

A cassette tape of this workshop — 
which is full of valuable insights — is 
available from the National Office for 
$5.00. (See page 3 for details.) ['^] 

Conflict Resolution Workshop 

"Conflict Resolution and Preven- 
tion" was the title of a workshop 
presented Thursday morning by 
Brethren Church member Louise 
Waller, a counselor with Corner- 
stone Psychological Affiliates in 
Ashland, Ohio. 

We usually see conflict as some- 
thing negative. But if handled prop- 
erly, conflict can be an opportunity 
to glorify God, serve others, and 
grow in Christ, acording to Ms. 
Waller She said that "miracles of 
reconciliation" can even be a means 
of winning people to the Lord. 

Conflict is inevitable, so it is im- 
portant to prepare the church to 
deal with it. Ms. Waller presented a 
number of suggestions for doing 
this. She noted that solutions to 
conflict must be empowered by God 
(which is different from secular 
mediation), get at the root of the 
problem, and focus on finding God's 
will (not our will) in the situation. 

The workshop is on cassette tape 
and is available from the National 
Office for $5.00. ^ 

Thursday Business Session 

Letters from Brethren missionaries 
serving in other countries were read 
during the Thursday morning busi- 
ness session. Then thoughts turned to 
U.S. Missions, as two more new con- 
gregations were recognized by the 
Conference. Cross Keys Worship Cen- 
ter of Port Republic, Va., was recog- 
nized as a class, and Grace Communi- 
ty Church of Winchester, Va., was 
accepted as a Mission Congregation. 

Cross Keys Worship Center, be- 
gun by Rev. Pat and Kathy Velanzon 
and a core group of about a dozen peo- 
ple, has been meeting since May 1998. 
The group, which now averages 45 in 
worship attendance, has held a num- 
ber of creative ministries in its com- 
munity, including Bluegrass gospel 
festivals and a Veteran's Day dinner. 

Rev. Mike Woods is senior pastor 
and Chris Scott associate pastor of 
Grace Community Church, which 
had its Birth Sunday on September 
27, 1998. Though less than a year old, 
this young congregation is already 
averaging approximately 110 in wor- 
ship attendance. 

In one of the few policy-making 
decisions of the Conference, delegates 
approved a recommendation from the 

Table Talks {round-table discussions) on 22 different topics — ranging from 
"Brethren Heritage in Germantown" to "Reaching Generation Xon the Internet" 
— were presented on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons of Conference (15 topics 
on Tuesday; 9 repeats and 7 new topics on Thursday). One of the more popular 
Table Talks was "Estes Park 2000" — information about next year's General Con- 
ference in Colorado. Rev. G. Emery Hurd (3rd from r in photo above) led the Table 
Talk on this topic on Tuesday, and Alan Schmiedt did so on Thursday. 

Polity Committee that the $50 Con- 
ference delegate fee be waived for re- 
tired elders who are 65 or older or 
who are disabled. 
A preview of a new video course on 

Brethren distinctives was shown to the 
Conference, and it was announced that 
the video project should be completed 
yet this year. David Sollenberger, the 
(continued on next page) 

September 1999 


Friday Morning: 

A Concert of Prayer 

Reported by Ricliard Winfield 


a rpHE CONCERT of prayer was 
X outstanding." "The concert of 
prayer was beautiful." "Concert of 
prayer was awesome!" "The concert 
of prayer — powerful!" "The con- 
cert of prayer was the highlight of 
Conference for me." 

These comments — from the Con- 
ference evaluation forms — are not 
exactly the kind you might expect 
about a l-'A-hour prayer meeting. 
But many Brethren found this con- 
cluding session of Conference to be 
a time of great blessing. 

A concert of prayer is not what we 
usually think of when we talk about 
a concert — something to listen to. 
Rather, it's something to participate 
in, as those who attend lift up their 
prayers together — in concert — to 
the Lord. 

Dr Jeriy Flora, Professor of Theo- 
logy and Spiritual Formation at 
Ashland Theological Seminary, set the 
tone — a serene, worshipful tone — 
for the concert. Quoting words from 
a prayer — "O God, open the win- 
dows of our souls" — he said, "That's 
what we want to happen today." 

The concert followed the daily 
themes of the week, beginning with 
the theme for Friday — "Renew Our 
Relationship with God" — and con- 
tinuing with the other daily themes 
(see below). The service included in- 
strumental and vocal music by Jim 
Frado (from Ashland) and Stephanie 
Boyd (from Vista, Calif), congrega- 
tional singing, periods of meditation, 
and, of course, time spent in prayer. 

Renewing Our 
Relationship with God 

Following a brief meditation by 
Dr. Flora, Jill Stone of Sarasota, 
Fla., sang "O the Deep, Deep Love 
of Jesus," with its almost mystical 
melody. Then Dr. Charles Munson, 
whom many Brethren would regard 
as the very model of a man with a 
deep relationship with God, offered 
the prayer for spiritual renewal. 

Renewing Our Youth 

Jaime Gillespie, National Youth 
Leader, was in charge of this seg- 
ment. She first asked the youth at- 
tending the BYIC Convention, who 
were all present for the concert of 
prayer, to spread out among the 
adults. She then asked the adults to 
lay hands on the youth and to pray 
for them. After this time of prayer, 
she asked the youth to reciprocate 
by laying their hands on the adults 
and praying for them. A concluding 
prayer was offered by Brethren pas- 
tor Rev. Rickey Bolden from Wash- 
ington, D.C. 

Renewing Our Families 

Karen Frado, a Brethren student 
at Ashland Theological Seminary, 
set the stage for this segment by re- 
counting the reconciliation between 
Jacob and Esau (Genesis 32, 33). 
Then Jan Solomon, after sharing 
her father's (Brethren pastor Dr. 
J.D. Hamel's) account of his vision 
of heaven as he passed from this life 
to the next, led in prayer for recon- 
ciliation and renewal of families, as 
did her husband Tim. 

Renewing Our Leadership 

Dr. Judy Allison, Associate Profes- 
sor of Counseling at the seminary, 
and her husband John, pastor of the 
University Church, were the facili- 
tators for this segment. As they di- 
rected, the Brethren laid hands on 
and prayed for four gi-oups of lead- 
ers: pastors, worship/youth leaders, 
denominational leaders, and spouses 
of the previous three. A prayer by 
Mesu Andrews from Nappanee, Ind., 
concluded this part of the concert. 

Renewing Our 
Heart for the Lost 

A video clip with musical accom- 
paniment was presented showing 
fields of grain and "fields" of hu- 
manity "ripe unto harvest." Com- 
ments by Ronald W. Waters, Direc- 

tor of Evangelism/Church Growth, 
supplemented the visual message. 
Following prayers from the platform 
for a renewal of the hearts of Breth- 
ren for the lost, the congregation was 
asked to divide into groups of three 
or four, with each person in each 
group praying specifically for one 
person who needs to come to Jesus. 
The concert of prayer concluded 
with the singing of a hymn, "Great 
Is Thy Faithfulness." Dr. Flora 
pointed out that the message of this 
great hymn comes from the very 
center of the Old Testament book of 
Lamentations (3:21ff ), a book full 
of sorrow, weeping, and grief In the 
midst of all this hopelessness is this 
beautiful message of hope. From the 
way the Brethren sang this hymn, 
it was obvious that this message 
struck a resonant chord in their 
hearts as well. A final prayer by 
Moderator John Shultz brought 
both the Concert of Prayer and the 
Conference to a close. [^] 

Thursday Business Session 

(continued from page 9) 
videographer, was at the Confer- 
ence taking addition video footage 
for the course. 

A budget for the year 2000 was 
adopted by the Conference. It pro- 
jects $1,648,600 in income ($630,600 
for Congregational Ministries, 
$1,018,000 for Missionary Minis- 
tries) and $1,678,019 in expenses 
($652,495 for Congregational Minis- 
tries, $1,025,524 for Missionary Min- 
istries). The budget includes funds 
for a new Director of Stewardship 
and Development (see the Tuesday 
business session report on page 5). 

The total delegate count was 361, 
which included 203 lay delegates, 
137 elders (26 in absentia), 15 dis- 
trict delegates, and 6 from Confer- 
ence cooperating agencies. The total 
was 5 less than in 1998. ["^j"] 

— R. Winfield 

Notes: An offering of $2,195 was 
received during the Thursday evening 
worship service lo provide start-up 
funds for a mentors" network for 
Brethren Impact Church Planting. 

An offering of $3,853 for Sudan 
was received at the World Relief Soup 
Lunch. Bruce Sexton, who was to 
speak at the soup lunch, was unable to 
do so because of illness. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Conference week: 


The BYIC Convention 


By Jaime Gillespie 


GOD IS GREAT! That's the first 
thing that comes to my mind 
when I sit back and reflect on this 
year's BYIC (Brethren Youth In 
Christ) Convention. I can think of 
no other way to explain the explo- 
sion of commitment and passion 
that burst forth from the 280 youth 
and advisors who flocked to Ash- 
land, Ohio, for a week of powerful 
worship, challenging speakers, and 
life-changing decisions. 

\t all started Monday evening . . . 

I sat in the front row of the audi- 
torium with my nerves screaming 
from a hectic day. I was worrying 
about the speech I would have to 
make in a few minutes and praying 
that the effects of the food-poison- 
ing I was suffering from would hold 
off for a little longer.* Suddenly a 
calm came over me and the Spirit 

Jaime Gillespie, shown here in one of 
her zanier {or crabbier) moments during 
the BYIC Convention, is National Youth 
Leader for The Brethren Church. 

*Jaime made it through her speech 
and through the rest of the evening, but 
early Tuesday morning she ended up in 
the hospital emergency room. She was 
put on an TV to rehydrate her and given 
some medicine, and by 9:30 a.m. she 
was back at the BYIC Convention. 

took over. From that point on, God 
ran the conference, not I nor any of 
the staff That evening the youth 
had their first encounter of the 
week with God, as we participated 
in the powerful worship service led 
by the Park Street praise band and 
as we listened to the message by Dr. 
Jerry Johnston {see pp. 2 & 3). 


Tuesday dawned with fresh ex- 
citement, as the youth gathered to 
hear Jeremy 
Johnston, son of 
the Monday- 
evening speaker. 
Jeremy, who is 
only 19 years 
old, challenged 
the youth to be 
He told them 
how God had 
used him, a 
teenage boy, to 
touch the lives of 
thousands of 
people. And he 
gave the youth 
hope and en- 
couragement that they, too, could 
change the world! 

Following our annual business ses- 
sion {see box below right), the youth 
were in for another new experience. 
Jeff and Zenita Kaplan, Brethren 
church planters at Rocky Mountain 
Community Church, Highlands 
Ranch, Colo., led us in a Passover 
feast in the Jewish tradition. As the 
youth tasted the matzo (unleavened 
bread), parsley dipped in salt water, 
and horseradish, they were chal- 
lenged to expand their minds by 
walking through the Last Supper 
step by step and thinking about the 
meaning behind every element in- 
volved in the Passover. 

After a day of heavy thinking 
about our lives and God's will, we 
headed into the last session of the 

evening. CPR, a trio of improvisa- 
tion comedians, had us rolling in the 
aisles. We learned that comedy, which 
often turns vulgar and dirty, can in 
fact be clean, Christ-centered, and 
still hilarious! 


Wednesday again started with the 
youth examining their lifestyles. 
Jamie Zile from Rock Springs Com- 
munity Church challenged them to 
run from temptation and to commit 
to a life of purity before marriage. 
Again we watched and prayed as 
youth flocked to the altar to make a 
pact with God. After this emotional 
service, the youth divided into 
groups for workshops that would 
help them live out various aspects of 
their lives as Christ commands. 

By Wednesday afternoon we need- 
ed time to kick back, relax, talk with 

The youth had some intense times of worship during the BYIC 
Convention, as here during their Communion service. 

friends, sumo wrestle .... Yes, you 
read that right. It said sumo wres- 
tle! Wednesday afternoon we had a 
fun day on the Ashland University 
(continued on next page) 

BYIC Steering Committee 

One of the items of business cared 
for by the youth during the Conven- 
tion was the election of the BYIC 
Steering Committee. Four former 
members were reelected to the com- 
mittee: Rachel Pennington (Oak Hill, 
W.Va.), Andy Hunn (Nappanee, Ind.), 
Dave Schrecengost (Pleasant View, 
Vandergrift, Pa.), and Tim Hess (Park 
Street, Ashland, Ohio). Joining them 
on the committee will be Erin Simon 
(Brethren Bible, Louisville, Ohio), 
Kelly Swisher (St. James, Md.), and 
Sam Shultz (Jefferson, Goshen, Ind.). 

September 1999 


Greg Beam, youth pastor at the Elk- 
hart, Ind.. First Brethren Church, is all 
pumped up for some sumo wrestling dur- 
ing the BYIC Convention Fun Day. 

BYIC Convention 

(continued from page 11) 
Quad, where the youth could partic- 
ipate in sumo wrestUng, mountain 
chmbing, go through an inflatable 
obstacle course, compete in basket- 
ball or sand volleyball, or just relax. 
That evening we again gathered 
for another challenging service, this 
one led by Dave Ambrose, a youth 
pastor from the Cleveland area. 
Dave challenged us to act out every 
minute of our lives in a way that is 
pleasing to God. We then closed the 
evening with our Summer Min- 

istries Review where all the youth 
got to see what their peers did this 
summer on missions trips, national 
ministry teams, district crusader 
teams, and as interns. 

Thursday morning, as the sun rose 
over the campus and tired youth 
dragged themselves from bed, God 
began working again. As IGNITED 
(the National Drama Team) took the 
stage, we had no idea how many lives 
might be changed. Their dramas 
touched nearly every young person 
there, challenging us to throw out 
all the garbage in our lives — includ- 
ing secular music, drugs, alcohol — 
everything that detracts from a 
perfect and pure relationship with 
Christ Jesus! 

But the week wasn't over yet, as 
we prepared for a showcase of the 
enormous talent of our youth. The 
BYIC Coffeehouse was a huge suc- 
cess, as youth demonstrated their 
singing, dancing, comedy, and other 
talents. Guido Yoder (a.k.a. Tim 
Hess, Park Street) a member of the 
Brethren mafia, even dropped by to 
pay us a visit. After the Coffeehouse, 
the youth joined the adults for an 
evening of worship led by Ashland 
Theological Seminary personnel, 
with a message by Dr. Martin 
Sanders (see pp. S & 9). We then 
closed our conference with an ener- 
getic concert by the Christian band 
BUCK and a pizza party. 

The Convention was spiritually 
challenging and renewing. Every- 

one went away with the definite im- 
pression of having experienced God 
and of being forever changed be- 
cause of that experience! [1]"] 
Note: On Friday morning the youth- 
joined the adults for the concert of 
prayer that concluded the Conference/ 
Convention week. 

Megan Stamper from the Tucson, Ariz., 
First Brethren Church, shares her vocal 
talent during the BYIC Coffeehouse. 

Talent presentations during the BYIC Coffeehouse ranged from the sublime to the 
hilarious, with the dance of the Pillow People an example of the latter 

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October 1999 


issionaries m biKnart, iiidiaria 

By Jim Davis 

IN MATTHEW 25, Jesus taught 
His disciples that obedience is the 
real evidence of what we believe 
about God. He instructed His follow- 
ers to feed the hungry, give the home- 
less a place to stay, look after the 
sick, and visit those in prison. He 
said, "Whatever you do for one of 
the least of these brothers of mine, 
you do for me." Meeting the needs 
of others is Christ's love in action. 

During the past several months, 
the Lord has reinforced this mes- 
sage at the First Brethren Church 
of Elkhart, Ind., by calling us to a 
more practical ministry of meeting 
personal needs (see box below). 
Examples of similar ministries have 
been highlighted in the news re- 
cently. After the Oklahoma torna- 
does, the church community in that 
area responded by housing, feeding, 
and clothing storm victims. Closer 
to home, a United Methodist church 
in Bristol, Ind., did the same for 
families who were burned out of 
their apartments. 

Millennium Missionaries 
and Y2K 

According to Rev. Tim Garner, pas- 
tor of tlie Elkhart First Bretliren 
Church, the initial impetus for this min- 
istry was the Y2K computer glitch (see 
page 5). The church was concerned 
that it be ready to respond in case 
emergency needs developed because 
of this glitch. But out of this concern 
came the realization that the church 
ought to look beyond Y2K. It needs to 
be prepared to respond to any emer- 
gency (tornado, blizzard, ice storm, 
fire), and also to meet needs for food 
and shelter that are not related to any 
specific emergency. Thus Millennium 
Missionaries was born. 

Our new ministry has been named 
"Millennium Missionaries," to re- 
flect our calling to reach out to our 
local mission field as we enter the 
new millennium. This ministry has 
been segmented into three distinct 
teams — Kingdom Builders, Christ's 
Commissary, and Rest and Refuge. 

m Builders 

The primary mission of Kingdom 
Builders is to prepare our church 
facility to meet potential communi- 
ty needs in times of crisis. Just as 
churches in Oklahoma did when 
tornadoes occurred there, we want 
to be able to serve as an emergency 
shelter in case a natural disaster or 
other significant community disrup- 
tion occurs. This would include such 
things as providing temporary liv- 
ing space and possibly feeding large 
numbers of people. In addition to 
using the church building itself our 
grounds are spacious and would 
provide room for a tent city if that 
became necessary. 

To begin our process of prepara- 
tion we did or are in the process of 
doing several things: 

• We evaluated our entire facility 
to make sure that primary oper- 
ating systems (heating/air condi- 
tioning, phones, security, etc.) 
were Y2K compliant. 

• We ordered a 60 kilowatt genera- 
tor that will provide power to the 
church building in case outside 
electrical service is lost. 

• We constructed a new service 
building to house the generator 
and to meet other storage needs. 

• We will build an attic over the 
primary Sunday school classes to 
provide long-term storage for our 
food pantry. 




A service building was constructed to 
house a generator and to provide storage 

• We will obtain County Health 
Department approval to serve 
food on the premises. 

• We will install showers to facili- 
tate temporary housing needs. 

Christ's Commissary will have 
multiple missions. The initial mis- 
sion is to develop a neighborhood 
food pantry. As we researched our 
community, we discovered that 
there is no food pantry in our area 
of Elkhart. In addition, over the 
past 2-5 years, two new neighbor- 
hoods and a large apartment com- 
plex have been built on three sides 
of our property. 

In order to stock the food pantry, 
(continued on next page) 

Inside this issue 

There is a river . . . 


S.A. Theological Seminary 
Jesus and Y2K 


Lighthouses of prayer 
Pastor appreciation 
Living Waters birth Sunday 
Around the denomination 



7/ie well stocked shelves of Chiist's Commissan will sene as a Jood pantn joi the 
community A separate state of food wdl be held m lesene foi emeigency use 

we have established a relationship 
with the North Central Indiana Food 
Bank. This not-for-profit agency col- 
lects foodstuffs, household goods, 
over-the-counter medicines, etc., 
from local businesses and resells 
them for 14 cents per pound. We are 
also in the process of establishing 
direct relationships with businesses 
such as Sam's Club, which will pro- 
vide periodic direct donations. 

We are now finalizing policies and 
procedures and planned hours of op- 
eration in expectation of a late Oc- 
tober opening. The food pantry will 
also network with other local public 
and private organizations so that we 
can direct clients to other services 
as we become aware of them. 

In concert with preparation as an 
emergency shelter, the second mis- 
sion of Christ's Commissary is to 
build a separate store of food suffi- 
cient to feed 100 families of four for 
two weeks. This food may be dis- 
tributed off site or prepared and 
served on site, depending on the cir- 

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Third, Christ's Commissary is es- 
tablishing relationships with other 
local ministries. A group known as 
Kingdom S.E.A.L.S. Ministries pro- 
vides assistance to policemen, fire- 
fighters, and affected citizens at 
fires and other local crises. As this 
group identifies urgent needs, we 
will provide food, clothing, and other 
household goods as we are able. 

The Rest and Refuge team also has 
multiple missions. The team's pri- 
mary mission is to collect nonfood 
items (clothes, bedding, towels, 
washcloths, household utensils, etc.) 
to support the emergency shelter 
and the Kingdom S.E.A.L.S. We will 
store many of these items at our 
facility. Other items will be pledged 
for use but will be stored at church 
members' homes. Collections just 
began in mid-September. 

The second and more complex mis- 
sion of the Rest and Refuge team is 
to coordinate the use of the church 
facility in the case of an emergency. 

We will have plans in place on how 
to manage a temporary shelter, how 
to plan and serve meals, etc. We are 
in the very early stages of network- 
ing with such agencies as the Red 
Cross and local government so that 
we can integrate our plans with 
other contingency plans that exist 
for our community. 

Needless to say, these past several 
months have been times of great ac- 
tivity, lots of learning, and wonder- 
ful blessing. God has repeatedly re- 
minded us that He equips those 
whom He calls. He has also taught 
us to follow His lead and to rely on 
Him to provide the resources. Our 
faith has been stretched and re- 
warded as we placed orders for 
items for which we did not yet have 
financing. Praise God, He is faithful! 

This ministry has also provided 
an opportunity for all the people in 
our congregation to participate. 
Whether it's planning or praying, 
giving or building, it takes all parts 
of the Body to accomplish God's 
vision. We hold fast to the promise 
that when the workers of the field 
place themselves in the Father's 
hand, the harvest will be plentiful. 

A Christian songwriter once 
wrote, "You may be the only Bible 
another man ever reads." An act of 
service in a time of personal need 
may be the key that unlocks the 
door of a person's heart for Jesus. 
Please pray for us that we will have 
not just the food and building, but 
the hearts and souls to meet the 
needs of those whom we serve, [tj"] 

Jim Davis serves as vice-moderator 
of the Elkhart, Indiana, First Brethren 
Church and as coordinator of Millen- 
nium Missionaries. 

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There is a River 

By Dan Lawson 

ONE of my favorite psalms is 
Psalm 46. In it we are repeat- 
edly told that God is our refuge and 
strength. No matter what may hap- 
pen in the world around us or in 
our personal lives, we can always 
be certain that God will be with us 
to give us refuge and strength. 

It should be noted, however, that 
this psalm does not say that if we 
are God's people, we will never 
have problems. Nor does it say 
that if we are God's people, God 
will make our problems go away. 
Instead, the message the psalmist 
proclaims quite clearly is that God 
will give us the strength we need 
to go through those problems. God 
will be an ever present help in our 
times of struggle and despair. 

There is a river... 

Verse 4 of Psalm 46 seems a lit- 
tle out of place. In verses 2 and 3 
the psalmist talks about moun- 
tains falling into the sea, waters 
roaring and foaming, and moun- 
tains quaking with their surging. 
We get an image of chaos and dev- 
astation. Then, suddenly, the im- 
agery changes to the tranquility of 
a quiet river. The psalmist de- 
scribes it as a river whose streams 
make glad the city of God. 

"This psalm does not 
say that if we are God's 
people, we will never 
have problems." 

A couple of questions immedi- 
ately come to mind when I read 
this verse. First, what city is the 
psalmist talking about? Second, 
what or where is this river? The 
psalmist helps us with the first 
question. He tells us in the second 
half of verse 4 that the city he is 
talking about is the holy place 

where the Most High dwells. In 
verse 5 he tells us that God is 
within her (the city), and because 
of that she will not fall. 

As Christians, we believe that 
God's Holy Spirit dwells within 
the hearts of those of us who be- 
lieve. With this in mind, it is very 
easy for us to interpret this psalm 
to mean that we, the corporate 
body of believers, are the city of 
God about which the psalmist is 
speaking. God, in His Holy Spirit, 
dwells within us. 

My second question, however, 
still remains. What is this river? If 
we, the Body of Christ, are the city, 
the dwelling place of the Most 
High, then the river can only be 
one thing. It is the continual out- 
pouring of the love of God. 

Psalm 1 compares a godly person 
to a tree planted beside streams of 
water. God's love is like that water 
The water is a constant source of 
sustenance and strength for the 
tree. When the storms come, the 
tree stands firm, and when the 
drought comes, the tree continues 
to grow and flourish because of 
the water. 

Be still and know . . . 

Recently I have felt as though 
my life is a little out of control. 
Trying to sell a house in one state 
while looking for a place to live in 
another; seeking to fulfill my obli- 
gations to one job while preparing 
for the responsibilities of a new 
position; packing; making school 
arrangements for the kids; trying 
to get the timing of selling and 
buying to work out; all of this has 
made life a little chaotic. 

In verse 10 of Psalm 46 it seems 
as though God is talking directly 
to me and to others who find 
themselves in chaotic situations. 
He simply says. Be still, and know 
that I am God. I don't know about 

you, but I have learned that when 
life gets stressful, this is the one 
thing I need to do: be still before 
the Lord. I have learned to cherish 
the quiet times I have with God. 
Those times alone with Him have 
given me the spiritual strength I 
need to stand firm amidst the 
struggles and turmoil of life. I 
need to stay close to that river 
whose streams can make me glad. 
I once read a story about two 
trees planted by a stream. One 
flourished, but the other withered. 

"The world is full of chaos 
and turmoil that can 
block us from the spirit- 
sustaining Living Water." 

A farmer decided to dig out the 
withered tree to see why it was 
dying. He soon discovered the rea- 
son. Someone had buried large 
chunks of a concrete wall thei'e 
years earlier. These chunks of con- 
crete prevented the roots of the 
tree from reaching the life sustain- 
ing waters of the stream. As a re- 
sult, the tree was dying. 

The same thing can happen to 
us in our spiritual lives. The world 
is full of chaos and turmoil that can 
block us from the spirit-sustaining 
Living Water. Therefore, we need 
to make every effort, especially 
during times of struggle, to stay in 
constant contact with the Stream 
of Living Water, the Lord our God. 
The Lord Almighty is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
Psalm 46:7, 11 

Dr Lawson recently resigned as 
senior pastor of the Jefferson Breth- 
ren Church of Goshen, Ind., in order 
to move to Ashland to become Direc- 
tor of Congregational Ministries for 
The Brethren Church. Because of 
his new position, this will be his 
final article in this series, in which 
he has applied Bible truths to our 
personal lives. 

We express our thanks to Dr Law- 
son for his helpful insights during 
the past 19 months. And we pray 
God's richest blessings on him in 
his new position. 

October 1999 



Renewing the church in Argentina 
through theological education 

By Eduardo and Marlela Rodriguez 



Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

It has been a while since our last 
contact with you through the pages 
of The Brethren Evangelist, and 
we have several news items that we 
want to relate to you. At the South 
American Theological Seminary (Sem- 
inario Teologico Sudamericano, STS) 
we are currently in the winter quar- 
ter* of our second academic year. 
The average number of students 
now enrolled in the program is 110. 

Since October 1998, in conjunc- 
tion with The Brethren Church, 
Brethren Missionary Ministries, and 
Ashland Theological Seminary, we 
have organized three intensive 
courses — servant leadership, disci- 
pling, and spiritual gifts. All three 
courses provided great incentives to 
the students and were of consider- 
able benefit to the study program. 
In July, Dr Doug Little, Professor of 
Psychology at Ashland Theological 
Seminary, will be teaching an inten- 
sive course on counseling. 

The various national committees 
as well as the students show enthu- 
siasm for the work of STS. We see 
that the students have a desire to 
become more involved in the activi- 
ties of their churches. Many of the 

*This article was written in late June 
or early July 1999. Because Argentina is 
in the southern hemisphere, its seasons 
are opposite of those in the U.S. 

project papers that the students 
hand in as part of the requirements 
for their courses demonstrate their 
desire to excel in biblical and theo- 
logical study, 
which makes 
us very happy. 

The ex- 

change among 
Brethren of 
different local 
churches has 
also been pro- 
ductive, since 
for a long time 
churches have 
had only their 
personal expe- 
riences to draw 
on. The oppor- 
tunity to think 
together, to 
dialog on topics 
of faith, and to 
study the Word 

of God together will substantially 
enrich The Brethren Church in 
Argentina. We believe that in the 
near future these experiences by the 
church leaders will influence the 
various ministries and activities in 
the church that produce evangelism 
at the local and national levels. 

All this has been possible — and we 
believe will continue to be possible — 
because of various factors. The sup- 
port of The Brethren Church in the 

U.S. has not ceased since STS was 
born. Through the efforts of Dr 
Emanuel Sandberg and Rev. Reilly 
Smith, immense support has been 
generated. We recall that because of 
an offering of the Central District, 
we were able to purchase a car, 
which enables us to visit the local 
churches. In addition, the Executive 
Board of STS requested considera- 
tion of the acquisition of a piece of 
property where the offices of the 
seminary are now located and 

Meeting of a study group during the course on spiritual gifts. The 
third person from the right in the picture is Sefior Jose Rivero, pres- 
ident of The Brethren Church in Argentina. 

where the directors live. Thanks 
again to the efforts of Dr. Sandberg 
and Rev. Smith, a loan was granted, 
making it possible to negotiate the 
purchase of that property. On a por- 
tion of the property, dormitories for 
resident students will be built, as 
well as classrooms and a library. 

We cannot omit giving thanks for 
the notable contribution received 
from the WM.S., which designated 
last year's Project Offering and also 
other significant 
offerings for sup- 
port of the work 
of STS. More- 
over, contribu- 
tions have come 
from local WM.S. 
groups, who 
have sent cards 
and letters full 
of affection and 
To all of these 

Shown are participants in the intensive course on discipling offered by the South American Theological Sem- women we say, 
inary. Dr Richard Allison. Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Ashland Theological Seminaiy. who "Thanks a lot!" 
taught the course, is at the left end of the front row in the picture. There are also 

The Brethren Evangelist 

churches and individuals who con- 
tinue to contribute to the ministry 
of STS. Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary, under the direction of its pres- 
ident, Dr. Fred Finks, continues to 
provide academic assistance in the 
form of books, equipment, profes- 
sors from that institution for the in- 
tensive courses, and connections 
with other persons interested in the 
calhng of STS. 

Brother Harley Gerber is one of 
the strongest supporters of our sem- 
inary. He has committed himself to 
a monthly plan of economic support 
and assistance in the area of devel- 
opment. The Winding Waters Breth- 
ren Church has supported us from 
the beginning with a monthly offer- 
ing. The National Office (The Breth- 

ren Church and Brethren Mission- 
ary Ministries) continues to be an 
important point of reference as it 
stands beside us in each initiative. 

If we were to make a list of the 
names of everyone who has helped 
us in each aspect of STS, we would 
take up an entire issue of The 
Brethren Evangelist. What we do 
promise from STS is to strive to 
serve the Lord efficiently, providing 
ministerial training to as many peo- 
ple as have need of it, and to pray 
for each one of you. 

The needs are still many. We re- 
quire resources in order to organize 
a meeting of the coordinators of 
study who come from the various 
churches. Above all we need more 
brothers and sisters to collaborate 

with STS through planning and 
promotion as well as in the coordi- 
nation of each course of study. The 
work is immense! 

May you, dear Brethren, be richly 
blessed by the Lord whom we all 
serve. Let's remember each other in 
prayer and supplication, asking that 
through our efforts the renewal of 
the church in Argentina might be 
advanced abundantly, and that the 
same may happen in the U.S. 

We support you in the slogan set 
forth by the Executive Director — 
Visualize Renewal. Amen. [H"] 

Eduardo and Mariela Rodriguez 
serve as directors of the South Amer- 
ican Theological Seminary. This arti- 
cle was translated by Allen Baer. 

Jesus and Y2K 

By G. Emery Hurd 

IN HIS SERMON on the Mount, 
Jesus talks about worry this way: 
Therefore I tell you, do not worry 
about your life, what you will eat 
or drink; or about your body, what 
you will wear. Is not life more im- 
portant than food, and the body 
more important than clothes? 
Look at the birds of the air: they 
do not sow or reap or store away 
in barns, and yet your heavenly 
Father feeds them. Are you not 
much more valuable than they? 
Who of you by worrying can add a 
single hour to his life? 

Matthew 6:25-27, NW 
These are important words as we 
close this millennium and move to 
the next, especially with all the con- 
cern about possible Y2K problems. If 
you somehow haven't heard, some 
computers and the computer chips 
imbedded in everything from toast- 
ers to nuclear missiles are unable to 
read the year 2000. This is because 
in the early days, computer program- 
mers — to save space — only used the 
last two digits for years. These two 
digit date-keepers will read the year 
2000 as "00" and may think it is 
1900 instead of 2000. There are now 
many books, videos, and seminars 
presenting possible doomsday sce- 
narios caused by this miscalculation, 
which will be multiplied billions of 
times throughout a world seemingly 
dependent upon computers. 

First, a dose of reality. For there 
even to be a problem, the system or 
device has to use the date some way 
in a significant calculation. Your 
toaster may not know whether it's 
1900 or 2000, but will it really mat- 
ter? Most of the embedded chips are 
not used to track dates, so the point 
for them is irrelevant. 

Most government and business 
entities are now year 2000 compliant 
(have dealt with the problem). This 
is so for one simple reason: it would 
be economic suicide not to be ready. 
If one bank was ready and one not, 
which one would stay open? There 
will be some minor disruptions in 
some services, but in many cases 
mechanical or human backups can 
deal with the problems. Most of us 
have seen storms disrupt utilities and 
travel for a brief time. The prepara- 
tions most of us make for a t3rpical 
winter storm will be all the prepara- 
tion we will probably need. 

What does Y2K have to do with 
our faith? Everything! The turn of 
the millennium has confronted us 
with the reality that human efforts 
can and do fail. The very technology 
that we have come to trust as the 
god of the nineties turns out to be as 
shallow and untrustworthy as all of 
the other gods we have fashioned with 
our own hands and imaginations 
over the centuries. Y2K is just the 
latest example of how we pretend 

that we can handle the problems and 
difficulties of life on our own. We 
refuse to acknowledge how much of 
life is beyond our control and that 
our central need is to trust a loving 
God who cares for us and about us. 
Jesus tells us that God loves us. 
While preparation is a good thing. 
He says that trusting in a loving God 
is the ultimate preparation for the 
possible trials of life. Everybody 
wants to be prepared for the expect- 
ed and unexpected trials of life, but 
Jesus says: 
But seek first his kingdom and his 
righteousness, and all these things 
will be given to you as well. There- 
fore do not worry about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will worry about it- 
self Each day has enough trouble 
of its own. 

Matthew 6:33-34, NW 
True preparation comes when we 
admit we need someone bigger than 
ourselves and when we then em- 
brace God's love and forgiveness 
demonstrated through Jesus Christ. 
Most of our fears about Y2K deal 
with concerns regarding our finan- 
cial stability and our ability to get to 
our money in the next millennium. 
On every quarter and every dollar 
bill it says "IN GOD WE TRUST." 
Maybe we should listen to what our 
money is trying to tell us! [1]"] 

Rev. Hurd is pastor of the Cheyenne, 
Wyo., Brethren Church. This article 
was initially published in the July 24, 
1999, issue of the Wyoming Tribune- 
Eagle. Reprinted with permission. 

October 1999 





By Karen Frado 


A LIGHTHOUSE is an anchored 
pillar designed to protect ships 
from danger On days with clear skies, 
its horn blares far and wide to pass- 
ing ships, warning them of the per- 
ilous rocks near the shore. But it is 
during a storm that a lighthouse's 
purpose is most critical. 

Turn on the news or read the news- 
paper There's no denying that we live 
today in a stormy, sin-tossed world, 
a world in which tempests rage and 
darkness threatens eternal souls. 
Many of our friends and neighbors 
need a lighthouse in their midst — a 
lighthouse that offers protection by 
enveloping them in its radiance. 

The Lighthouse Movement is an 
effort to pray for, care for, and share 
Christ with every man, woman, and 
young person in America by the end 
of the year 2000. More than 350 de- 
nominations and Christian minis- 
tries are collaborating to establish 
millions oi Lighthouses of Prayer 
from coast to coast across our land. 

Lighthouses of Prayer are places 
where believers meet together to 
pray for their neighbors, coworkers, 
teammates, and friends. Light- 
houses of Prayer may be in homes, 
places of business, work sites, col- 
lege dorms, prison cells — any place 
where two or more believers have 
made a commitment to pray, care, 
and share within their sphere of 

You may ask, How do I pray for 
someone I do not know? Try using 
the word BLESS to remember five 
aspects of intercessory prayer: 
B Body health, protection, 

L Labor work, income, 

E Emotional joy, peace, hope 
S Social love, marriage, 

family, friends 
S Spiritual salvation, faith, 


How do I care for people I do not 

know? Be friendly! Reach out with 
kindness. Pick up trash on their 
lawn or put their paper by their 
door. Invite them to stop by. 

How do I share with someone I do 
not know? Seek natural opportuni- 
ties to share your faith. When ap- 
propriate, share your personal testi- 
mony or simply a few praises. Pray 
for God to provide openings for you 
to share His Word. 

Our denomination understands the 
power of community in Christ. Each 
one of us can play a vital role in 
developing communities of prayer 
throughout our country. Each one of 
us can be a light shining in the 
midst of the storm. 

Jesus said. You are the light of the 
world. A city on a hill cannot be hid- 
den. Neither do people light a lamp 
and put it under a bowl. Instead they 
put it on its stand, and it gives light 
to everyone in the house. In the same 
way, let your light shine before men, 
that they may see your good deeds 
and praise your Father in heaven 

National Lighthouse Launch 

"Light the Nation," a two-hour 
TV event featuring top Christian 
leaders, nationally recognized musi- 
cians, and actual Lighthouse fami- 
lies, will launch the Lighthouse 
Movement nationally on Saturday 
morning, October 16. Ed Silvoso, 
founder and president of Harvest 
Evangelism and best-selling author 
of That None Should Perish, will 
host the program. 

The two-hour TV event will orig- 
inate from Madison Square Garden 
and be broadcast via the Pax TV 
channel, low-cost satellite dishes, 
and hundreds of Christian stations. 
It will be presented from 11 a.m. to 
1 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific 
time zones, and from 10 a.m. to 
noon in the Central and Mountain 
time zones. 

The Bible urges that "requests, 
prayers, intercession and thanksgiv- 
ing be made for everyone" (1 Tim. 
2:1). This prayer movement allows 
all believers to serve in this ministry 
and to become "beacons of light in 
the world" (Phil. 2:15-16), specifi- 
cally in their own neighborhoods. 

Why not spearhead this pow- 
erful prayer movement in your 
own community? All across our 
nation experiences of God's bless- 
ings are being realized where 
Lighthouses of Prayer have been 
established and where the partici- 
pants are active in serving their 

Numerous resources are available 
to assist you and to spark creative 
ideas (such as the BLESS acronym 
provided by Hope Ministries). Addi- 
tional items available include door 
hangers, devotional booklets, and 
other resources. But it is not neces- 
sary to have these materials in 
order to establish and maintain a 
Lighthouse ministry. Brethren pas- 
tors have received reproducible ma- 
terials for Lighthouses of Prayer, 
all of which are also available from 
the National Office. 

For your convenience, we also pro- 
vide the following list of resources 
for the Lighthouse Movement: (or 

1-800-995-8572) — information 

about the Lighthouse Movement; 

how to register your Lighthouse — The 

Lighthouse monthly newsletter 

— creative ideas for Lighthouses (or 1-800- 

217-5200) — how to start and 

maintain a Lighthouse; resource 


html (or 1-800-888-FAST) — how 

to start a house of prayer 
www. ashland . edu/~ rwaters/pr ayer 

htm — creative ideas for prayer, 

evangelism — 

prayer and evangelism ideas — information 

about the Jesus video — ideas 

on prayer and renewal [H"] 

Mrs. Frado, a member of Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, is a stu- 
dent at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The why and how 
of pastor appreciation 

By Editor Richard Winfield 


OCTOBER is Pastor Appreciation 
Month. I hope that the leaders 
of your congregation have planned a 
special occasion during this month 
to honor your pastor. If not, you 
need to encourage them to do so. 
Even if it is too late to do something 
in October, it's okay to do it in 
November or December. 

In September the National Office 
sent your church moderator a copy 
of Clergy Appreciation Month. This 
booklet from Focus on the Family is 
a planning guide for honoring pas- 
tors. It is full of information — cele- 
bration suggestions, gift ideas, even 
a sample order of worship for an ap- 
preciation service. It can help your 
church honor your pastor. 

But in addition to what your church 
does this month, this is a good time 
for you to show your personal ap- 
preciation to your pastor — and to 
his wife and family as well. And if 
your church is not doing something 
special for your pastor this month, 
it is especially important that you 
honor him personally. 

Everyone needs to be appreciated, 
and pastors are no exception. And 
that appreciation needs to be ex- 
pressed. You may have the highest 
regard for your pastor, but if you 
don't tell him, he will never know. 

But perhaps you are thinking, 
"Why should we have a special time 
to show appreciation to pastors? 
Don't they get lots of expressions of 
appreciation throughout the year?" 

Apparently not! In the introductory 
section of the booklet from Focus on 
the Family that I mentioned above, 
this comment appears: "In our min- 
istry to pastors and their families, 
we have found that most members 
of the clergy feel isolated, insecure 
and only rarely affirmed." 

Another reason for expressing 
appreciation to pastors is because of 
the high expectations made of them. 
Words of appreciation help them know 
they are meeting those expectations. 

Besides, pastors receive a lot of crit- 
icism. It takes a lot of appreciation 
to counterbalance that criticism. 

Finally, the Bible directs us to honor 
pastors. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 5:17, 
"The elders who direct the affairs of 
the church well are worthy of double 
honor, especially those whose work 
is preaching and teaching." Some 
Bible students think "double honor" 
includes an extra measure of pay. Be 
that as it may, it at least means a 
double dose of appreciation. 

What are some ways you can show 
appreciation to your pastor? One of 
the most obvious ways is by expres- 
sing your thanks to him for his min- 
istry to you. It's even better if you 
can be specific — if you can express 
appreciation for some particular 
blessing or some difference he has 
made in your life. It's better yet if 
you take the time to express this in 
a card or a letter. A written expres- 
sion of appreciation makes a greater 
impact than a spoken one. Some 

pastors keep these in a file and re- 
read them from time to time. 

But in addition to these spoken or 
written expressions of thanks, you 
can show your appreciation in other 
ways. You could take your pastor 
out to lunch (or if you are a woman, 
you could take his wife out to lunch). 
Or you could take the whole pas- 
toral family out for a meal. Another 
option is to offer to keep the chil- 
dren while the pastor and his wife 
go out for an evening. 

You can also show appreciation to 
the pastor and his family by an ap- 
propriate gift — food, flowers, hand- 
crafts, a book. Another possibility is 
a service coupon (good for raking 
leaves, washing his caj, caring for 
the children, washing windows, etc.) 

Another very important gift you 
can give to your pastor is a pledge to 
pray for him, his family, and his 
ministry. Make it specific. Don't just 
say, "I'll pray for you." Make a pledge 
that on a certain day (or days) every 
week, you will spend time praying 
for him. Again, put it in writing. 

Make it a point this month to ex- 
press appreciation to your pastor — 
and to his wife and family. Show 
them your love and appreciation in 
specific and tangible ways. Your pas- 
tor will be a better pastor because of 
it. And his family will receive a bless- 
ing as well. [^] 

Pastor appreciation at Raystown 

Saxton, Pa. — The Raystown Brethren 
Church seized upon August 22 as an 
opportunity to honor Pastor Alfred 
Chamberlain and his wife Bonita. 

On that Sunday, Pastor Chamberlain 
had asked Rev. Reilly Smith, director 
of Missionary Ministries, to report on 
Brethren Missions and to preach the 
morning message. Following the wor- 
ship service, a beautiful baptism was 
performed in the nearby Juniata River. 

Then at 1 :00 what had 
been billed as the annual 
Sunday school picnic 
turned out to be an ap- 
preciation time for Pastor 
Al and Bonita. In prepa- 
ration for this event, the 
Raystown Brethren had 
purchased gifts, invited 
friends from the commu- 
nity to attend, and hired 
a Country and Western 

band to present music. The Chamber- 
lains were completely surprised! 

The picnic included huge amounts 
of food, including some of the hottest 
chicken wings imaginable! The Sun- 
day school provided games and prizes 
for the children. Someone even brought 
squirt guns for a water fight. 

Every one enjoyed the picnic, and 
Pastor Al and Bonita received a won- 
derful surprise and a generous out- 
pouring of love. ['ij'] 

The Chamberlains open their cards and gifts. 

October 1999 

SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 • T\W\_^ '" "^ 


Reported by 
Ronald W. Waters 

nity Church of Mansfield, Ohio, 
opened to a full house on Sunday, 
September 19. Attendance for the 
grand opening/birth Sunday service 
was 162. Most stayed for a fellow- 
ship meal prepared by the core team 
of this new Brethren church. 

Pastor Ron Miller spoke on the 
topic "Does Anyone Really Care?" 
He addressed the concerns of people 
in the community and the world 
who are hurting or feeling lonely. 
Using several passages of Scripture, 
he noted that God cares, Jesus cares, 
and the people of God care. He em- 
phasized that Living Waters Com- 
munity Church exists to demon- 
strate God's care and love among 
people in the Mansfield area. 

The service opened with an ex- 
tended time of worship led by an 
eight-member praise team coordi- 
nated by Scot Millhouse. Millhouse 
also sang "He Ain't Heavy; He's My 
Brother," accompanied by a drama- 
tization presented by Brady Gott, 
Michael Hetrick, Mark Holsinger, 
and Sandy Miller 

The church was decorated inside 
and out in a festive motif. Helium- 
filled balloons were hung along the 
fence paralleling US 30 in front of 
the church building, as well as in 
the parking lot and on the entrance 
to the building. A 30-foot banner 
and the lighted church sign an- 
nounced the opening celebration. 

Core-team members extended a 
warm welcome in the parking lot, at 
the front door, and at the entrance 
to the worship center A fully- staffed 
nursery and children's church were 
offered for little ones through age 8. 

A promotional campaign during 
the four weeks prior to birth Sun- 
day announced the official opening 
of the new church. The campaign 

included newspaper ads, daily radio 
spots, and three direct mail pieces. 
Core-team members were also ac- 
tive in extending invitations. 

The opening celebration followed 
six preview services held monthly 
since March. These were worship 
services that gave potential mem- 
bers a look at what worship in the 
new church would be like. They also 
gave core team members opportuni- 
ties to invite others to join them and 
a chance to "practice" in a real-life 
environment. Attendance at the six 
preview services averaged about 80, 
with a high of 100 on July 4. 

God gave the vision for the new 
church to Pastor Ron and Sandy 
Miller, formerly of the Linwood, Md., 
Brethren Church, while Ron was at- 
tending Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary. When the Walcrest Brethren 
Church of Mansfield closed in July 
1997, the Millers were burdened 
with the need for a Brethren church 
in the Mansfield area. Brethren 

Missions, which as- 
sumed the church 
building and par- 
sonage, worked 
with the Millers by 
making the facilities 

The Millers spent 
many hours refur- 
bishing the parson- 
age and the church 
building while also 
bringing together a 
core team. They had 
help on occasional workdays from 
churches in the Ohio District and 
from the 1998 National Brethren 
Youth Convention participants. 

Many of the initial core team 
members came as a result of Sandy 
Miller's acquaintances at her place 
of employment. Other early core 
team members came from Park 
Street Brethren Church, with the 
support and encouragement of Pas- 
tor Arden Gilmer. 

The vision of Living Waters Com- 
munity Church is to "be a 'true' 
community church . . . that actively 
seeks those who do not have a rela- 
tionship with Jesus Christ." In addi- 
tion, the church envisions planting 
other congregations and mentoring 
other church planters in an effort to 
extend the ministry of Christ in the 
Mansfield area and beyond. 

Pastor Ron and the members of 
Living Waters extend their thanks 
to all Brethi'en for their encourage- 
ment and support. Please continue 
to pray for the growth and develop- 
ment of this new church. [^J] 

Nearly every seci! was filled for the worship serviee. and some people were standing 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Jen Thomas now serving with 
Brethren missions in IVIexico 

Ashland, Ohio — Jennifer (Jen) 
Thomas, who recently completed two 
years of mission service in Mexico 
City with the mission agency Spear- 
head, returned 
to Mexico City 
on October 2 as 
a Brethren mis- 

While with 
Spearhead, Jen 
spent part of 
her time work- 
ing with Breth- 
ren missionaries Todd and Tracy Rug- 
gles, but she also had other respon- 
sibilities with Spearhead. Now she 
will concentrate on Brethren mis- 
sion work in Mexico City. 

Jen's main focus will be on youth. 
Her initial task will be to develop a 
youth ministry at Jesus del Monte. 
She will disciple young people who 
are already attending the church and 
help them evangelize their friends. 

As she works with the youth, she 
will watch for potential leaders 
among them with whom she can 
work to develop their leadership 
abilities. She will also identify and 
train adult youth leaders. The goal 
is to develop a model that can be 
used in other Brethren churches in 
Mexico City so that each church can 
establish a strong youth ministry. 
Eventually Jen will help the local 
ministries organize an inter-church 
youth organization for encourage- 
ment, fellowship, and training. 

In addition, Jen will lead at least 
one women's Bible study, train to 
lead theological education by exten- 
sion classes, and help with adminis- 
trative tasks. [i)"] 

The Cross Keys Worship Center group on their first anniversary Sunday. 

Port Republic, Va. — Members and 
friends of the Cross Keys Worship 
Center celebrated the first anniver- 
sary of their congregation on Sun- 
day, May 23, with 59 people in at- 

Music for the special service was 
presented by the South River Gos- 
pel Band — a Cross Keys group that 
includes guitars, banjo, mandolin, 
and singers. The message was pre- 
sented by guest speaker Rev. Dave 
Cooksey, Director of Pastoral Min- 
istries for The Brethren Church, 
who encouraged the congregation to 
continue to share the Gospel. 

A lavish carry-in dinner with a 
time of warm fellowship followed 
the anniversary service. This, in 
turn, was following by an impromp- 
tu jam session with a dozen musi- 
cians participating. 

A little over a month later, the 
Cross Keys brethren rejoiced in the 
baptism of eight believers. Follow- 
ing the morning 
worship service 
on June 27, the 
gathered at the 
River, where 
Pastor Pat Ve- 
lanzon, assisted 
by Mike Lam- 
bert (in training 
for pastoral 
ministry), bap- 
tized the eight 

In its contin- 
uing efforts to 
reach out to the 

community, Cross Keys Worship 
Center held a "Sundae Social" in 
Grottoes Town Park on July 11. The 
event included sundaes, games, and 
music (by the South River Gospel 
Band, of course). 

Then on Friday evening, July 30, 
the Cross Keys congregation spon- 
sored an event called "Hot Dog! 
Blue grass Music & More." People of 
the community were invited to come 
after work for hot dogs and other 
food, and then to stay around for 
music. Local Bluegrass groups were 
invited to come for fun, practice, 
and exposure. 

The Cross Keys group expresses 
its thanks to all the Brethren who 
have prayed for this new congrega- 
tion. Pastor Pat and Kathy Velanzon 
add a special thanks to the W.M.S. 
women across the country who have 
encouraged them with cards and 

— reported by Kathy Velanzon 

Baptized on June 27 were (back row, I. to r) Mandy McCrary, 
Wes and Tracey Wade, Pastor Pat Velanzon (who did the baptiz- 
ing), Leon Er\'in, Robert Wine, (front) Dawn and son Diistin 
Painter (in front of his mother), and Mike Eye. 

October 1999 

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Inner-city ministry's new namt 
s^„^*;*!55 Brethren c"""^''- 

Indianapolis, Ind. — The inner- 
city ministry of Rev. Gene and Geor- 
gia Bell in Indianapolis has a new 
name. Formerly called "Small Inde- 
pendent Congregations" (SIC), it is 
now "The Brethren Inner-City Min- 
istries of Indianapolis" (BIO. The 
change in name occurred by official 
action of the Steering Committee of 
the inner-city ministry. 

Concerning the name change, Rev. 
Bell said, "I am of the opinion that 
our new name will identify this min- 
istry as being one of the special min- 
istries of The Brethren Church." He 
went on to say, "I am not hesitant 
about letting people know that this 
is a ministry of The Brethren 
Church, and that I am an ordained 
elder in The Brethren Church." 

Eight children from the inner-city 
ministry attended camp at the 
Brethren Retreat Center this past 
summer, five of them at the Junior 
II Bible Camp and three at the 
Junior Bible Camp. All had a good 
experience and want to return next 
year. Scholarships to help the chil- 
dren attend were provided by the 
Roann, Ind., and Bryan, Ohio, 
Brethren Churches and by the Re- 
treat Center. 

Thirteen of the children, all mem- 
bers of the Saturday Afternoon Kids 
Klub, were guests recently of Pastor 
John and Kerry Garrett and some of 
the members of the Oakville, Ind., 
First Brethren Church, who treated 
them to a picnic, hay ride, horseback 
riding, and a tour of a dairy farm. 

Rev. Bell commented, "I was im- 
pressed and uplifted by the recep- 
tion which Pastor John, Kerry, and 
the church members extended to 
the kids. Their love and acceptance 
of the group, which was evident to 
the kids, helped them to become 
comfortable and to enjoy themselves 
as children." \^\ 

^aul T. Sluss ordained to Brethren eldership 
August 8 at Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church 

Ohio — Paul T 
Sluss was or- 
dained an elder 
in The Brethren 
Church and his 
wife Jennifer 
was consecrated 
as the wife of an 
elder at a service 
held Sunday af- 
ternoon, August 
8, at the Smith- 
ville Brethren 

Dr. Charles 
Munson deliv- 
ered the ordination sermon, entitled 
"With Outstretched Arms." Others 
participating in the service included 
Art Carr, pastor of Christian Educa- 
tion and Discipleship at the Smith- 
ville Church; Mark Dravenstott, 
moderator of the Smithville congre- 
gation; Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal, 
Ashland University Provost; and 
Brethren Elders Jim Koontz, Tom 
Schiefer, Jim Rowsey, David Cook- 
sey, and Jim Sluss (father of Paul). 

Special music was presented by 
Rev. Eric Bargerhuff Paul's room- 
mate in college. Rev. Rex McCona- 
hay led th^ongregational singing. 
Phyllis Snyder played the organ and 
Geoffrey Zimmerly the piano. 

Paul Timothy Sluss was born 
April 14, 1971, in Elkhart, Ind., the 
son of Rev. Jim and Lois Sluss. He 
attended Warsaw (Ind.) Christian 
School, East Union High School 
(Manteca, Calif), and was graduat- 

ed from Hunt- 
ington (Ind.) 
North High 

School. He re- 
ceived a Bache- 
lor of Science in 
Education de- 
gree from Ash- 
land University 
in 1993, and a 
Master of Divin- 
ity degree from 
Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary 
in 1996 
Rev. Paul and Jennifer Sluss with While in high 

daughter Madeline. school and col- 

lege, Paul spent three summers as a 
Brethren Crusader and then one 
summer as an intern at the West 
Alexandria Brethren Church under 
the direction of Rev. David Oligee. 
While in seminary he spent two 
years as a pastoral assistant to Rev. 
Jim Rowsey at the Smithville 
Church. Then in his last year of 
seminary, he was called to serve the 
Brethren Bible Church in Louisville, 
Ohio, where he served for two years. 
In May of 1997 he accepted a call to 
return to the Smithville Brethren 
Church as senior pastor, where he 
continues to serve. 

On June 5, 1993, Paul married 
Jennifer Rahm of Bucyrus, Ohio. A 
1994 graduate of Ashland Universi- 
ty, Jennifer taught English at Ash- 
land High School for four years be- 
fore resigning to enjoy being a 
mother to daughter Madeline, born 
August 10, 1998. m 

World Relief helping churches 
provide aid to East Timorese 

Wheaton, lU. — World Relief is 
helping more than 100 Protestant 
churches from the Indonesian terri- 
tory of East Timor work together to 
aid refugees pouring out of that ter- 
ritory More than 200,000 have fled 
as pro-Indonesia militias massacre 
civiUans in East Timor. Church lead- 
ers were also forced to flee, but 
churches are carrying out relief 
work from neighboring West Timor. 
The churches are providing food. 

clothing, medicine, and tents for ap- 
proximately 1,000 refugees in three 
locations for 30 days. World Relief 
provided half of the $20,000 needed 
for supplies and transportation, the 
churches are providing the rest. 

"The fact that churches across 
Indonesia are providing the other 
half ... is remarkable given that 
Indonesia's economy has been near 
collapse," says Arne Bergstrom, 
World Reliefs Vice President of In- 
ternational Ministries. 

World Relief is also continuing its 
work in Turkey and Kosovo. [D"] 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Arnold L. Owens ordained a Brethren elder 
June 27 at Pleasant View Brethren Church 

^^ r\d th e 


Pa. — Arnold L. 
Owens was or- 
dained a Breth- 
ren elder and his 
wife Joyce was 
consecrated as 
the wife of an 
elder on Sunday 
morning, June 
27, at the Pleas- 
ant View Breth- 
ren Church in 

Dr. Leroy Sol- d . ,j j 

omon, Dean of Rev. Arnold and 

Institutional Development at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, deliv- 
ered the ordination message, enti- 
tled "Servants, Not Celebrities." 
Rev. T.J. McLaughlin, pastor of the 
Pleasant View Church, and Rev. 
Glenn Grumbling assisted with the 
ordination procedure. The action of 
the local church calling for ordina- 
tion was read by Moderator Teresa 

Hensley The 
prelude for the 
service was pre- 
sented by Bon- 
nie Schrecen- 
gost, and Diana 
Park provided 
special music. 

Arnold (Arnie) 
Owens was born 
December 23, 
1953, in High 
Point, N.C., the 
son of Lonnie 
and Edith Owens. 
Joyce Owens. Upon gradua- 

tion from T Wingate Andrews High 
School, he joined the United States 
Army. As a career military service 
person, Arnie served both God and 
country as a Chaplain's Assistant. 
He also continued educational op- 
portunities as duties permitted. He 
retired from active service in March 
1993, after 20 years in the army. 
While in the service, Arnie met 

Joyce A. Klingensmith of North 
Apollo, Pa., also serving in the Army 
as a Chaplain's Assistant. They 
were married in February 1990. When 
Joyce's tour of duty was completed 
in 1994, they moved to Vandergrift, 
where they joined Pleasant View 
Brethren Church and became active 
in the ministry of the congregation. 
The following year they answered 
God's call to full-time Christian ser- 
vice by moving to Ohio and en- 
rolling at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary. They also began pastoring as 
a team the Florence Congregational 
Church in Berlin Heights, Ohio. 
They both completed their work at 
the seminary in 1999, receiving 
Masters of Divinity degrees this 
past May. In September Rev. Owens 
became pastor of the Cerro Gordo, 
111., Brethren Church. m 

uespite ram ana neat, crowds or people nock to 

Ashland, Ohio — Neither rain nor 
heat kept the crowds away July 
19th when Park Street Brethren 
Church of Ashland held its sixth 
annual block party. 

A combined effort of the Fellow- 
ship and Outreach Ministries, this 
year's block party was "the best one 
yet," according to Bob Buford, Park 
Street's pastor of Adult Ministries 
and Outreach. Rev. Buford estimat- 
ed the attendance at between 400 
and 500 people. 

While in past years the block 
party served as a kick-off to vaca- 
tion Bible school, this year the func- 
tion was designated strictly as an 
outreach function. And whereas in 
past years a small donation was re- 
quested for the various food items 
that were available, this year the food, 
fun, and fellowship were offered at 
no cost to those who attended. 

Each Adult Bible Fellowship (Sun- 
day school class) sponsored one or 
more booths offering food or an 

activity. Food items ranged from 
pies and cookies to fresh-squeezed 
lemonade and hot-off-the grill 
sausages and hot dogs. Some of the 
activities were face-painting, pony 
rides, a cupcake walk, fish pond, 
and a dunking booth. 

A representative from the Ash- 
land Police 
was present 
with a D.A.R.E. 
car. And Rev. 
Reilly Smith, 
Director of 
Ministries for 
The Brethren 
Church, had a 
table present- 
ing Brethren 
Many Ashland 
donated door 
prizes, and 

these were given out at various times 
during the afternoon. 

Less than an hour into the party, 
a much-needed rain fell — for about 
15 minutes. It was such a hot day 
that some people stood out and got 
wet. Others ran for the tents. Ac- 
cording to Kathy Mack, who worked 
the pie and cookie table, "The rain 
just added to the fun and fellowship 
as people scrambled to stay dry. " 

— reported by Corky Fisher 

The shower provided (I. to i ) Borika, Agoston. and Emoke Dobos 
an opportunity to use their special umbiellas 

October 1999 


,nd the 

Below right — On a beautiful day in 
June, twelve people who have been at- 
tending the Loree Brethren Church of 
Bunker Hill, Ind.. gave witness to their 
faith in Christ and expressed their obedi- 
ence to Him by receiving baptism. The 
baptism took place in the pond of Mr. and 
Mrs. Beveridge Shinn. The following 
Sunday, the twelve who were baptized, 
plus one other person who was received 
by transfer of letter, were welcomed into 
the membership of the Loree Church. 
Those baptized were: (standing, 1. to r.) 
Jason Graves, Janae Seals, Laurie Alien, 
Steve Allen, Kel 

sey Allen, Keith 
Stipes (whose 
wife Sabrina. was 
received by trans- 
fer), Blake Allen, 
Pastor Gene Oburn 
(who did the bap- 
tizing): (seated. 
1.) Christa Allen; 
(seated, r.) Pam 
and Bert West: 
(kneeling) Mat- 
thew Allen (I.) and 
Alex Lorenz. lij"] 

Below — The Garber Brethren Church 
in Ashland, Ohio, now has a picnic shel- 
ter thanks to the efforts of volunteers from 
the congregation. The workers first had 
to demolish a garage. Then a 24-foot by 
40-foot shelter was erected over a cement 
floor. The shelter features a 16-foot serv- 
ing table in the center with picnic tables 
on both sides capable of seating 100 to 
120 people. It will be used for church 
picnics and youth activities. Some out- 

Above — Members of the Meadow Crest Brethren Church in Port Wayne, Ind., ic- 
joiced on Sunday afternoon. July 25. as they dedicated a new pavilion to the work of 
God"s kingdom. The large pavilion covers a 36-foot by 48-foot concrete slab. It has a 
20- foot counter top cooking area with a 21 -cubic-foot refrigerator. There are also 
men's and women's restrooms. Construction of the pavilion began in 1993 and was 

completed this spring at a cost of less 
than $5,000. Estimated value of the facil- 
ity is between $12,500 and $15,000. All 
construction on the pavilion was done by 
members of the Meadow Crest congrega- 
tion along with help from their family 
members and friends. \-}] 

door musical programs are also planned 
as a way of sharing the Gospel with the 
church's neighbors. 

Those who helped build the shelter in- 
cluded Warren and Josh Long, Glenn 
Weaver, Terry and Bob McConahay. Con- 
rad, Rick, and John Griffeth, Jim Meyer, 
Doyle Fulk, Ed Strickland, Anthony 
Keim. Clay Burford, Sam Bartley. Jim 
Gribben. Wcs Glass. Marvin Kirkpatrick, 
John Hiller, Don Lawrence, Bill Raught. 
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Vol.121, No. 10 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

November 1999 

A Body of Gratitude 

IT IS USUALLY pretty easy for me 
to remember to thank God for the 
big things in my hfe. But it has been 
equally easy for me to overlook His 
generosity in the common things. 

For instance, I have easily over- 
looked the most familiar thing in 
my life, something I've had literally 
for a lifetime — my body. It is always 
with me. Do I take anything more for 
granted than my body? I doubt it. 

Yet Rabbi Harold Kushner in his 
book Who Needs God clearly shows 
us how important it is for us to ac- 
knowledge God's generosity in giv- 
ing us wholeness in mind and body. 
Kushner writes: "The first five min- 
utes of a Jewish daily morning ser- 
vice contain blessings in which I 
thank God for the fact that: 

"My mind works and I know it is 
morning, my eyes work, my arms 
and legs function, my spinal column 
works and I can stand upright, I 
have clothes to wear, I have things 
to look forward to during the day. 

"Without these prescribed bless- 
ings, it might not occur to me to be 
grateful for all those things." 

Unusual thanksgiving 

Matthew Henry, the famous 
Bible scholar, was once accosted by 
thieves and robbed of his purse. He 
wrote these words in his diary: 

"Let me be thankful first be- 
cause I've never been robbed be- 
fore; second, although they took 
my purse they did not take my life; 
third, because, although they took 
it all, it was not much; and fourth, 
because it was I who was robbed, 
not I who robbed." 

— From The Complete Speakers 
Sourcebook by Eleanor Doan 

By Richard Bauman 

Until I read those words, I don't 
think I had ever thanked God for eyes, 
ears, nose, and mouth that work. I 
certainly never looked over the var- 


ious parts of my body and expressed 
thanks to God for feet, toes, knees, 
and hips that operate properly. 

The fact that I have fingers, wrists, 
elbows, and shoulders that function 
day after day, year after year, with 
virtually no maintenance is, in 
reality, an awesome miracle. Until I 
read Kushner's words, I gave my 
body hardly a thought, unless, of 
course, it was hurting. 

More typically, I looked at my face 
and overall physique with little de- 
light, never especially impressed by 
what I saw. But now I see me differ- 
ently. Oh, sure, I still have thinning 
gray hair and I'm still battling the 
bulge. But I appreciate my body be- 
cause it works, and I thank God often 
for such a remarkable treasure. 

It isn't uncommon, however, to 
pretty much ignore one's body until 
pain indicates something has gone 
wrong. For instance, from time to 
time I have attacks of gout. They 
are excruciatingly painful, and when 

I'm in the throes of an attack, I 
think about my foot a lot! When any 
part of my body becomes pain-filled, 
my attention is riveted on that pain. 
I waste no time in begging God to 
consider easing the torment. 

On the other hand, when I have 
been gout free and without pain, I 
have virtually ignored my toes, feet, 
and other joints and have hardly 
seen them as anything special. 
They've simply been there. 

Pondering Kushner's words, I 
can't be nonchalant about the gift of 
a body that works fabulously well 
and is pain-free most of the time. 
"Gratitude does not come naturally 
to most people," notes Kushner. "We 
tend to assume we are entitled to all 
the good things in life just for being 
the nice people we are." 

It takes only a few seconds to 
thank God first thing each day for a 
mind and a body that work. For me 
it is a way to celebrate God, cele- 
brate life, and celebrate the won- 
drous gifts that God has given me 
for a lifetime. I have a body and a 
mind that work well — not necessar- 
ily painlessly or perfectly — but pre- 
cisely as He designed them specifi- 
cally for me. [H"] 

Mr. Bauman is a free-lance writer 
who lives in West Covina, Calif. 

Inside this issue 

Rock Springs grand opening 


Prayer in your family life 


Ministry trip to Lima, Peru 


Accenting an individual at AU 


World Relief 


Around the denomination 


The Women's Outlook Newsletter \ 

is in ttie center of ttiis issue. 


Rock Springs Church Holds 
Grand Opening Celebration 


Church held a grand opening 
celebration in a new location on 
October 3, 1999. Rock Springs orig- 
inally started public worship ser- 

The service opened with an interpre- 
tive dance that focused on Christ. 

vices in September 1998 on the cam- 
pus of National University. But the 
opportunity arose this past summer 
to meet at Carrillo Elementary 
School, which is located in the mid- 
dle of a brand new planned commu- 
nity called Rancho Carrillo. 

The school provides a much better 
facility for worship and ministry, 
so Rock Springs took advantage of 
the opportunity. Rancho Carrillo is 
located in Carlsbad, Calif, about 10 
minutes from National University, 
where services were originally held. 

Approximately 130-135 people 
worshiped together at the Grand 
Opening. About half of these were 
visiting Rock Springs for the first 
time. Several first-time guests said, 
"You won't be able to meet here for 
long. You're going to outgrow this 
building quickly. " 

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Approximately 135 people attended the Grand Opening celebration. 

The service featured up-tempo 
Christian worship music, an inter- 
pretive dance and drama, and spe- 
cial music from Stephanie Boyd — in 
addition to a message by Pastor Jim 
Boyd. Eight people made commit- 
ments to follow Christ after Pastor 
Boyd's message — five made first- 

Pastor Jim and Stephanie Boyd 

time confessions of Jesus Christ as 

Lord and Savior and three rededi- 

cated themselves to follow Him. ['ij'] 

— Rev. Reilly R. Smith 

The move to a new location was not 
without hurdles. School officials were 
quite willing for the Rock Springs 
Church to use the school building. 
Soon, however, one of the teachers — 
apparently because of a bad experi- 
ence she had had with a church that 
met in another school where she had 
taught — began to slander the idea of 
a church using the school. 

Then just days before the grand 
opening the Rock Springs group was 
told that the city required the church 
to obtain a conditional use permit — at 
a cost of $2,800 — ^to use the school. 
Fortunately, the congregation was able 
to hold its Grand Opening before pay- 
ing the fee. And the Midwest District 
has since given the Rock Springs 
Church $3,000 to cover the fee! 

The Brethren Evangelist (ISSN 0747-4288) 
is published monthly (except July and August 
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(telephone: 419-289-1708; fax: 419-281-0450; 
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15 Ways to Make Prayer 
a Natural Part of Your Family Life 

By Kim Butts 


IHelp your children become 
aware of answered prayer. 

Tell them about the times in your 
life when God has answered your 
prayers. Encourage them to share 
when God answers their prayers — 
even if His answer isn't what they 
wanted or expected. When you have 
other believers — especially mission- 
aries and full-time Christian work- 
ers — in your home, ask them to tell 
you about answered prayers they 
have experienced. Point out God's 
answers to your children's prayers, 
even the smallest requests. 

2 Help your children see the 
beauty of God's creation 
and thank Him for it. Don't miss 
opportunities to appreciate His 
handiwork around you. Take time 
to point out sunsets and beautiful 
flowers . . . and thank God for them 
right then. 

3 Whenever you see or hear 
about someone in need, take 
time to pray about it with your 
children. It could be something on 
the news or in the paper or some- 
thing you come across during the 
course of your day. Teaching them 
to pray when they see an accident or 
when you pass a homeless person 
could have a lasting influence not 
only on your children, but also on 
those for whom they pray. 

4 Wrap family traditions or 
events in special times of 
prayer. For example, lay hands on 
the person with a birthday and bless 
him or her; thank the Lord for two 
things that you love about her; etc. 
At Thanksgiving, go around the 
table and have family members pray 
about what they are most thankful 
for over the past year. 

5 Pray blessings over your 
children. Lay hands on them 
at bedtime or at another time when 
they are hurting in some way and 
pray scriptural blessings over them. 
Numbers 6:24-26 is a good one to 
memorize: "The Lord bless you and 

keep you; the Lord make His face 
shine upon you and be gracious to 
you; the Lord turn His face toward 
you and give you peace." 

6 Teach your children to prayer- 
fully put on the armor of 
God (Eph. 6:10-18) at the begin- 
ning of each new day. Each of us 
needs to be aware that we are in a 
battle and that God has provided us 
with some very important equip- 
ment with which to protect our- 
selves and fight. This can be done as 
a family, but don't ritualize it or 
make it a legalistic thing. 

7 Have family devotions and 
prayer time. While any time is 
good, early mornings before every- 
one goes separate ways is probably 
the best time. This will remind chil- 
dren that God will be with them 
throughout the day. 

8 Put together a family prayer 
journal. Place each family 
member's picture in it, as well as 
pictures of your pastor and his fam- 
ily, relatives, unsaved friends and 
neighbors. Pray through the album 
together, and encourage one anoth- 
er to pray individually every day for 
those represented. 

9 Teach children to keep a 
personal prayer journal. 

Here they can record personal re- 
quests, praises, and answers to 

1r\ Develop a missionary 
U prayer notebook. Place 
prayer cards or pictures of mission- 
aries your family and/or church sup- 
ports in a 3-ring binder with plastic 
page protectors, colorful paper, etc. 
Include pages with pockets for re- 
cent newsletters, prayer needs, e-mail 
messages, etc. Pray through the 
notebook on a regular basis. Help 
your children make the connection 
between prayer and saving the lost. 
Pray together that the Lord of the 
harvest (Matt. 9:38) would send 
workers into His harvest fields. 

1i4 Adopt a people group to 
I pray for — perhaps one of the 
unreached groups of the 10/40 Win- 
dow* Pray for your people group 
daily, research its needs, and be open 
to what God will do through your 
family. To adopt a people group, 
contact Adopt-a-People Clearing- 
house, PO Box 1795, Colorado 
Springs, CO 80901-1795. A wonder- 
ful video called The 10140 Window 
for Children is available from Joey 
and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sort Street, 
Ventura, CA 93003. 

1Q Develop a family prayer 
^ calendar each month. 
Take turns, or do it together Put 
each family event or activity on the 
calendar so it can be prayed for. 
Wouldn't it be great to have the en- 
tire family pray for a child to do his 
best at the track meet or that Mom 
would meet someone who needed to 
hear about Jesus at her meeting? 

1Q Go on a prayer walk in 
vj yovu" neighborhood. Pray 
for all the families that live around 
you. For help on how to do this, 
obtain Prayerwalking by Steve 
Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick 
(Creation House) or the video 
Prayerwalking for Kids, available 
from Joey and Fawn Parish. 

1A Adopt a leader to pray for. 
^ The objective of the National 
Day of Prayer Task Force program 
is to have families adopt a local, 
state or national political leader. 
The family commits to pray for and 
communicate with this leader for at 
least one year. Kits are available 
from NDP at 800-444-8828. 

1C Participate as a family in 
\J prayer events. Join with 
other believers for the National Day 
of Prayer (first Thursday in May), 
PrayUSA!, Praying Through the 
Window, March for Jesus, etc. En- 
courage your junior- or senior-high 
school children to take part in See 
You at the Pole. [i>] 

Mrs. Butts works with her husband 
Dave in directing Harvest Prayer Min- 
istries in Brazil, Ind. (812-443-5800). 
Reprinted with permission. 

*The 10/40 window refers to the area 
from 1 degrees to 40 degrees north of the 
equator and from western Africa to eastern 
Asia, where the majority of the unreached 
people of our world live. 

November 1999 


Reflections on a Ministry 
Trip to Lima, Peru 

By Kenneth and Carolyn Solomon* 


*Though written in the third per- 
son, the information in the following 
article was taken from a journal the 
Solomons kept of their visit to Lima. 
Comments in quotation marks were 
taken directly from the journal. 
While basically a report of the Solo- 
mons' visit, the article also gives 
insight into the ministry of the An- 
tunez family, our Bj-ethren mission- 
aries in Peru. 

FORMER Brethren missionaries 
Kenneth and Carolyn Solomon 
spent three weeks in August and 
September in Lima, Peru, visiting 
Brethren missionaries Miguel and 
Sonia Antunez and son Carlos. The 
Antunezes had invited the Solo- 
mons to Lima to participate in the 
eighth anniversary celebration of 
the founding of The Brethren 
Church in Peru. It was also an op- 
portunity for the Solomons to spend 
time with Miguel and Sonia, Ken's 
spiritual children, whom he won to 
the Lord when they lived in Saraso- 
ta, Fla., several years ago. 

The Solomons arrived in Lima on 
August 26. One of their first impres- 
sions of the city was the traffic, 
which they found to be "SCARY." 
"Miguel told us the lines and arrows 
and traffic lights were for decora- 
tion only, and we believe him! They 
just use their horn and go. Ken told 
Miguel that if he was not talking, it 
was because he was praying. We are 
thankful for safety and will pray much 
for Miguel driving in that traffic. " 

The celebration 

The eighth anniversary celebra- 
tion began on Saturday evening, Au- 
gust 28. "The people had worked 
very hard to prepare for this. They 
painted the inside of the church, as 
well as the outside, put up new cur- 
tains, borrowed chairs, and pre- 
pared a carry-in meal for after the 
service. . . . Their worship team led 
in several choruses, and some gave 

testimonies. One man shared how 
the Lord changed his life out of al- 
cohol, drugs, adultery, etc., and has 
given him victory over these things, 
restored him to his family, and is 
now continuing in his spiri 
tual walk with the Lord. A 
lady also shared how God is 
changing her life and giv- 
ing her patience to be a tes- 
timony before her alcoholic 

Ken gave the message 
for the service. "After a 
closing song, they pre- 
pared the very cramped 
quarters to serve the 
meal. . . . Ken is rejoicing 
as he sees and hears how the Lord 
has kept Miguel and Sonia and Car- 
los through many trials and testings 
and has blessed them in spite of and 
because of them." 

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The celebration continued on 
Sunday evening, August 29, with a 
time of singing and another mes- 
sage by Ken, who gave a very brief 
overview of Brethren Church histo- 
ry from the time of the Reformation 


to now. "After the service we all 
went outside for a fireworks display 
that had been placed on the roof of 
the church — quite impressive! Back 
inside we all enjoyed some of the 
beautifully decorated cake, made es- 
pecially for the occasion. 

"The weekend [was] very exciting 

and rewarding — God has blessed. 

We pray that the work will continue 

to grow as the people accept their 

responsibilities before the Lord in 

the ministry of the church. They do 

need more space. Pray 

that this will become a 

reality. The possibilities 

are being investigated." 

English teachers 

Miguel, Sonia, and 
Carlos all three teach 
English — Sonia in 
a Baptist school, 
Miguel and Carlos at 
a school they super- 
vise for teaching 
English to anyone 
Ken and C ai oh n Solomon ^^q ^^nts to learn. 
On August 31 the Solomons visited 
Sonia's school, and Ken spoke at the 
chapel service. They then toured the 
school, visiting classes and talking 
with the students in English to give 
them help with conversation. One 
class of boys was learning to cook, 
and they served the Solomons lunch 
before they left the school. 

That evening they went to the 
church for Bible study. Two classes 
met, one taught by Miguel for newer 
converts, and one by his assistant — 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Machi — for others. 
About a dozen people 
attended each class. 
"These discipleship 
classes are so impor- 
tant to the future of 
the church. One man 
travels two hours to 
attend. Maybe his 
area would be a pos- 
sibility for a new 
Bible study class." 

The following day, 
Miguel took the 
Solomons to the cen- 
ter of Lima. They 
found the city to be 
"both clean and 
dirty — clean in that 
they sweep and pick 
up trash, and dirty in 
that since it never 

Duimg the church letreat. Pastor Miguel Antimez (r) bapliZ' 

rains, the pollution and gray dust 
never get washed away. The flowers 
and gardens are pretty (the roses 
are especially beautiful), but this 
gray dust is on the leaves of trees, 
where it cannot be washed off" 

That evening Carolyn attended 
the ladies' meeting and gave the de- 
votional. In all, nine women were 
present. They asked her to return 
the following week to tell about 
WM.S. groups in the United States. 
For Carolyn, it was "a joy to be with 
these dear sisters in Christ." 

The following day, the Solomons 
"were able to have a time of fellow- 
ship with Carlos [during which] he 
shared with us how the Lord has 
brought him through some very dif- 
ficult times. He is seeking the 
Lord's will for his life and future. 

so please pray for him." 

The Solomons also participated in 
a weekend retreat held September 
4-5 by the Brethren congregation in 
Lima. It took place about an hour 
from the city at "a lovely retreat 
area" with "dormitory- type accom- 
modations, swimming pools, soccer 
fields, horses, a dining room, confer- 
ence room, and large grass areas for 
use." Forty-one members of the con- 
gregation were able to attend. 

"Times of singing, Bible study, 
recreation, games, food, fellowship, 
and free time were enjoyed by all." 
Miguel baptized two women and one 
man, using one of the swimming 
pools. The oldest daughter of the 
man baptized was saved during the 
morning service. Now the congrega- 
tion is praying for the man's wife to 



uiet Hearts 

By Tim Hansel 

The fruit of righteousness will be 
peace; the effect of righteousness 
will be quietness and confidence 
forever (Isaiah 32:17). 

AS LONG as we are busy, busy, 
busy, we never have to face 
what is really important in life. We 
never have to find out who God 
really is. We simply follow the God 
we have underlined in the Bible — 
not the God who is, but the God we 
want Him to be. All we have to do 

is carefully ignore anything in 
Scripture that doesn't meet our 
specifications of God — and never 
spend time alone with Him. We can 
be busy at work, busy at home, and 
busy at church. All work equally 
well at helping us ignore God as He 
really is. 

Solitude is a flower born of sim- 
plicity. It needs to be tended slowly 
and patiently. A quiet heart never 
comes easy, never in a hurry. [i}'] 

From Keep On Dancin': Daily 
Readings to Celebrate Life by Tim 
Hansel, Chariot Victor Publishing. 
Used by permission. 


be saved. This re- 
treat was a first for 
the congregation, 
and they are already 
planning for one 
next year. 

A few days later 
the Solomons toured 
the Basilica, a large 
Roman Catholic 
Church in the center 
of Lima. Built in 
1762, it has ''very 
high ceilings, lots of 
statues, mostly of 
the Virgin Mary, 14k- 
gold covering many 
things, a lot of black 
cedar wood, very in- 
tricately carved. All 

, ,, , so interesting to look 

ed three people. . i . . i i , 

at, but the people s 

hearts are as hollow as the sound of 
the footsteps on the stone floor. We 
pray that the Gospel message will 
penetrate the hearts of these 1 1 mil- 
lion people in the city of Lima." 

They also visited the Interdenom- 
inational Seminary where Miguel 
has been studying. The seminary 
"has a lovely facility and 50 stu- 
dents at present." 

The Solomons' last Saturday in 
Lima (September 11) was Ken's 
73rd birthday. Carolyn planned to 
have a small celebration at the 
house, but the Antunezes and the 
church people had other ideas. They 
gave a party complete with games, 
gifts, balloons, streamers, singing, 
food, a cake. Pooh Bear hats, and a 
Pooh Bear pinata. Ken said that in 
his entire life he had never had such 
a party before! 

The Solomons left Lima Septem- 
ber 15, returning to Bradenton, Fla. 
"The experiences we had and the 
ministry opportunities were very re- 
warding, and we are so grateful to 
the Lord for making it all possible. 
May He receive the honor and glory! 

"It was a joy to see Miguel and 
Sonia 'in action' and how the Lord 
is using them and the gifts He has 
given them. They are greatly loved 
by the people and have many out- 
reach opportunities. Their vision is 
expanding to the congregation. We 
pray that the Lord will greatly bless 
the ministry there. We solicit your 
prayers on their behalf The evil one 
is at work, but God is greater!" [1]'] 

November 1999 

Accenting an Individual 


at Ashland University 


The following article is an interview 
between Dr. Michael Gleason, Director 
of Religious Life at Ashland University, 
and Aubrey DeVeny a new Brethren 
student at the University. The purpose 
of this article is to introduce Aubrey and 
to share her perspectives on Ashland 
University and her opportunities for 
Christian growth on the AU campus. 

Dr. Gleason: Aubrey, why don't 
you start by introducing yourself 
and by telling how you came to de- 
cide on Ashland University. 

Aubrey: My name is Aubrey Ann 
DeVeny. My father is pastor of the 
Northgate Community Brethren 
Church in Manteca, Calif, and my 
mother is supportive of his ministry. 
I'm the youngest of three children. 
My father, prior to taking a pas- 
torate in California, was a chaplain 
in the military, so we had the chance 
to travel to many different places — 
which I loved. 

I transferred to Ashland Univer- 
sity from a Christian school in Cali- 
fornia, Azusa Pacific University. 
Prior to attending Azusa, I went to 
Taylor University in Indiana. So AU 
is my third school in three years. 

I decided to transfer for a number 
of reasons. One is because I wanted 
the experience of attending a secu- 
lar school. I felt that I had received 
a quality knowledge base at the pre- 
vious two colleges I had attended, 
but I thought that applying that in a 
place that is not distinctly Christian 
would benefit my spiritual growth. 

I also missed the greenery and 
seasons that Ohio has to offer In 
comparison to California's warmth 
and concrete, Ohio's environment 
has become quite enticing. Further- 
more, my grandfather on my dad's 
side lives in Ashland, so I was excit- 
ed about the opportunity to develop 
my relationship with him. 

Dk Gleason: Now that you're 
getting into the school year, how do 
you feel that you've developed as a 
believer thus far? 

Aubrey: The Christian Ministry 
clubs and staff have been really 

helpful to me during this transition 
time. You, yourself, have repeatedly 
said that your door would always be 
open if I need to speak with you 
about an3fthing. I've had the oppor- 
tunity to get to know several of the 
staff members better, specifically 
Heather and Jennifer, and they 
have been encouraging as well as of- 
fering themselves to me in a fun 
friendship. Other students who at- 
tend the various Christian activi- 
ties, like 

Aubrey DeVeny 

those around me who don't know 
Jesus. With regard to witnessing, I 
would say I've definitely been chal- 
lenged. While attending the Chris- 
tian schools before, I would just as- 
sume that those in my classes had a 
relationship with Jesus. I can't 
make that assumption here. 

I'm having to gain perspectives on 
how to approach others in a way 
that I can represent my relationship 
with Christ accurately. I don't want 
to come off as a "Bible-beater," but I 
do want to stand up for my faith 
when the opportunity arises. I'm 
striving to gain a balance that will 
enable me to be effective in my in- 
teraction with others. On the other 
hand, whenever I become too ana- 
lytical about this, I remember that 
the main key is surrendering daily 
to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him 
to work through me. I just need to 
be sensitive and understand that 
He's the one doing the work. 

Dr. Gleason: What are some 
other challenges that you have be- 
come aware of in coming to AU? 

Aubrey: It's hard not to be self- , 
involved. I really want to have other 
people on my mind more than my 
own concerns. I know ultimately I'll 
be more content that way. I also 
want to be able to live in the now. I 
think it's so easy to have expecta- 
tions about the future or to think, 
"Oh, I'll be happy when I finally . . . ." 
I know God wants to use me now in 
whatever mood or location I'm in. 

Dr. Gleason: Speaking of the fu- 
ture, what are your dreams for 
yourself and for ministry? 

Aubrey: For ministry, I can hon- 
estly say that I want to be where 
God wants me to be. But I do have a 
vision for where I think He might 
want me. But as soon as I say that, 
I generally discover that He actual- 
ly knows a lot more about me than I 
know about myself Anyhow, I'm 
majoring in social work and art, and 
I plan to do art therapy in graduate 
school. But I've also thought about 
going to seminary and learning 
Greek so that I can get into some 
"nitty-gritty" exegetical work. 

I've also thought about missions 
and living overseas, or possibly the 
military. Since I generally adapt 
well to new places and am generally 
outgoing, I think that I could be 
used effectively in either of those 
outlets. On a personal level, I have 
all the dreams that many girls have 
about marriage, comfort, and con- 
tentment. But I know that God 
doesn't often call us to these, so I 
daily surrender those desires so that 
His plans would be my plans and 
not vice versa. 

Dr. Gleason: What things would 
you specifically like us to pray about 
for you? 

Aubrey: I would definitely say my 
health. I was diagnosed vwth mono- 
nucleosis at the start of the summer, 
and I'm still battling that. Spiritual- 
ly I would say that I need practice in 
being vulnerable. I sometimes feel 
that I need to portray an image of 
having everything together in order 
to be an effective witness. I need to 
be reminded that I can't attain per- 
fection and that allowing other 
Christians to minister is important. 
As to how that connects to witness- 
ing, people need to see that it's 
Jesus in me being strong and forgiv- 
ing me, not me doing something in 
my own human strength. [i]'] 

The Brethren Evangelist 

World Relief 



The Unique Ministry 
of World Relief 

By Bruce Sexton 



"TT70RLD RELIEF doesn't exist 
VV to help the poor in Jesus' 
name." These words of CHve Calver, 
as he addressed the 1998 General 
Conference of The Brethren Church, 
startled me. Surely, our new presi- 
dent at World Relief misstated our 
mission — and to a denomination 
that has a rich heritage of caring for 
the poor. 

"World Rehef doesn't exist to help 
the poor in the name of Jesus," 
Clive continued. "It exists to help 
the churches where they are to 
serve the poor in the name of 
Jesus." This clarification was right 
on the mark. It not only defined the 
uniqueness of our ministry, it also 
revealed the reason for the effec- 
tiveness of our ministry over the 

While serving with World Relief, I 
have been challenged to live my life 
in light of the three things that real- 
ly matter: God, His Word, and peo- 
ple. The ministry of World Relief is 
about this call to people, most par- 
ticularly, the world's poorest people, 

who often suffer in ways that are so 
atrocious we push them from our 
minds. But Jesus loves them — and 
with His 

and grace we 
must love 
and care for 
them too. 

served as a 
pastor for 
years, I get 
about the 
World Rehef 
places on 
local church involvement. While we 
applaud other agencies that serve 
the poor and hungry in Jesus' name, 
our role at World Relief is different. 
We are committed to making the 
local church the foundation for our 
relief and development work, refu- 
gee care, church planting, and gos- 
pel witness. In this way, those who 

Rev. Bruce Sexton is 
Mid-Atlantic Regional 
Director of Church Rela- 
tions for World Relief. 

World Relief President Clive Calver gives water to an H-year-old orphaned Sudanese 
boy who walked ten miles in search of food. World Relief is helping the evangelical 
church in Sudan minister, through relief and development work, to needs like his. 

are reached can be drawn into the 
church's nurture and fellowship. 

When a community in Mozam- 
bique reports that "our children are 
dying of insects," a secular agency 
can teach the prevention and treat- 
ment of malaria just as well as 
World Relief But when a local peo- 
ple believe disease is caused by a 
neighbor's curse or a witch doctor, a 
complete cure involves a spiritual 
remedy. Enabling the local church 
to meet the physical needs of the 
poor and suffering results in power- 
ful opportunities for the church to 
address the spiritual needs of the 
people as well. 

The realization that so many of 
those in Sudan who were enduring 
war, famine, and persecution were 
fellow members of the body of 
Christ gave us a renewed vision for 
assisting the local church as we 
began relief efforts there. When the 

World Relief IS 

churches helping churches 

help the poor 

in the name of Jesus. 

crisis in Kosovo hit, God's church 
responded. Albania's evangelical 
church may be few in number, but 
they began a staggering amount of 
work, aiding thousands of refugees 
who poured across their borders. 

In country after country the 
church is feeding the hungry; the 
church is providing shelter; the 
church is leading development pro- 
grams. And the church is the insti- 
tution that will remain behind and 
minister to the physical and spiritual 
needs of the community long after 
World Reliefs ministry is done. 

As we at World Relief commit our- 
selves to helping local churches 
serve as agents for change, living 
out Christ's mercy and justice in the 
poorest communities around the 
world, we work in light of a promise. 
That promise is "the blessed hope — 
the glorious appearing of our Great 
God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who 
gave himself for us to redeem us 
from all wickedness and to .purify 
for himself a people that are his very 
own, eager to do what is good" 
(Titus 2:13-14, Niv). W 

November 1999 

World Relief , 

World Relief@Work 

in Sudan, Turkey, and Kosovo 



ON AUGUST 18, 1999, less than 
24 hours after an earthquake 
devastated Izmit, Turkey, and the 
surrounding province. World Re- 
liefs Disaster Response staff ar- 
rived to do an assessment of the 
damaged area and to make contact 
with leaders of evangelical churches 
in the province. World Relief and 

An elderly man in Turkey sits in the 
rubble of what was once his home. 

Turkish evangelicals began immedi- 
ately to distribute daily food rations 
and blankets to survivors living out 
in the open. Several medical disas- 
ter teams were also dispatched to 
the area to respond to critical medi- 
cal needs of victims. 

In Istanbul, leaders of the church- 
es arranged a meeting with the Gov- 
ernor of Izmit. He endorsed their 
plan to erect a camp that would ac- 
commodate 4,000 people whose 
homes were destroyed by the earth- 

Preparation of surface terrain for 
temporary lodging began shortly 
afterwards. Once the ground was 
ready, emergency latrines and show- 
er facilities were assembled. In early 
October World Relief was working 
with the churches to set up 500 
eight-person tents. 

In upcoming months, World Relief 
will continue to set up commercially 
made units to house displaced fami- 
lies over the harsh and wet winter. 
These winterized units are insulat- 
ed, have built-in interior and exteri- 
or lights, and can be stacked into 
apartment-type units if needed. The 
cost is approximately $3,450 for 
each one-family unit. 

The first of 500 tents erected in a lent city near Izmit. Tuikey. to provide temporary 
housing for families made homeless by the earthquake. World Relief provided the tents 
and worked with the evangelical churches in Turkey in setting them up. 

Prayer requests for Turkey: 

• For seeker-oriented services that 
have begun at the Izmit church in 
Turkey. Pray that the body of be- 
lievers will have a spiritual impact 
on the community. 

• That Christians in Turkey — a 
counti-y of only 1,500 evangeli- 

Since August, Brethren 
churches and individuals 
have contributed $24,000 to 
World Relief to help earth- 
quake victims in Turkey. 
Thank you. Brethren, for 
your generous response! 

cals — will not get discouraged or 
be fearful of coming to the church. 

• That those helping in the relief 
effort will work well together and 
that those who do not yet know 
the Lord will turn to Him in gen- 
uine faith and repentance. 

• That World Relief will be able to 
raise the $2.5 million needed to 
carry out its planned relief efforts 
in Turkey. This includes the con- 
tinuing distribution of food and 
supplies, setting up the tent camp, 
and providing adequate shelter 
before winter arrives. 


Southern Sudan continues to suf- 
fer from intermittent hunger and 
chronic health problems due to the 
prolonged civil war and tribal fight- 
ing. These problems have been exac- 
erbated by floods, which have de- 
stroyed hundreds of acres of crop- 
land and livestock. Thousands of 
people are now homeless, searching 
for food and suffering from diseases 
such as malaria, diarrhea, and 

World Relief and area churches 
are serving in the areas of Pochalla 
and Lietnhom. These communities 
have no access to any market and 
have lost almost everything of any 
practical use. The hope is to im- 
prove food security and to alleviate 
suffering among the members of the 

World Relief has held workshops 
to introduce new crops and to 
demonstrate improved methods of 
farming. Model fai-ms using updat- 

The Brethren Evangelist 

World Relief , 

ed techniques are operating near 
the compounds. In addition, 21 vari- 
eties of seed have been distributed 
for planting. These seeds will pro- 
duce a variety of crops and provide a 
balanced diet. 

World Relief is also continuing 
to encourage education. Current 
lessons include water safety, food 
hygiene and nutrition. Future plans 
include promoting physical recre- 
ation and the construction of more 

Prayer requests for Sudan: 

• For continued training and educa- 
tion for church leaders in Sudan. 

• For the safe resettlement of peo- 
ple who are returning to their 
war-torn homes in Sudan. 

• For strength for the church in 
Sudan, which continues to be 
heavily persecuted by the Muslim 
government. Pray for peace in 
this civil conflict that has raged 
for years. 


Providing trauma counseling and 
housing for widows is the main 
focus of World Reliefs ministry in 
Kosovo, as refugees in Albania re- 
turn to their homeland. World Re- 
liefs efforts will be centered on Pec, 
Kosovo, a town that experienced 
some of the worst destruction of 
anywhere in Kosovo. 

World Relief chose this region for 
its work because of the vision of Al- 
bania's evangelical churches. After 

I Believe 
in World Relief 

By Reilly Smith 

I HAVE BEEN a long-time advo- 
cate for the ministries of World 
Relief I first learned about World 
Relief while studying at Ashland 
Theological Seminary and attend- 
ing the Garber Brethren Church in 
Ashland. We filled our Skip a 
Lunch, Feed a Bunch lunch boxes 
with spare change every night at 
our dining room table. We partici- 
pated in sack lunch and soup lunch 
events at General Conference. We 
heard the stories, saw the pictures, 
and accepted the challenges from 
Pastors Phil Lersch and Marlin Mc- 
Cann. Later, I worked on the Social 
Responsibilities Commission with 
Pastors Harold Walton, Tim Garner, 
and others to help promote the 
work of World Relief 

When I served as pastor of the 
Mulvane, Kans., Brethren Church, 
our congregation worked very hard 
to increase its giving. We used the 
promotional materials every year. 
We showed the videos during Sun- 
day school openings or morning 
worship. One summer, we taught 
the World Relief curriculum Feed 
my People in Sunday school to all 
age groups. (Feed my People is 
available free from Missionary 
Ministries at the National Office.) 
We even used World Vision's Love 
Loaves at a time different from the 
World Relief promotion to help in- 

crease our giving. (World Vision en- 
courages churches to split Love 
Loaf offerings with other min- 
istries.) I believe in the ministry of 
World Relief. 

In 1998 and 1999, Brethren peo- 
ple and churches responded gener- 
ously to both the special disaster ap- 
peals and the on-going ministries of 
World Relief God stirred our hearts 
when natural and man-made disas- 
ters wrought human tragedies. The 
leaders of The Brethren Church and 
World Relief are very grateful. The 
generous responses to Sudan, Hon- 
duras (hurricane Mitch), Colombia, 
Kosovo, and Turkey deeply moved 
us. We pray that the Brethren re- 
sponse to World Relief emphasis 
month will be equally generous. 
We've supported World Relief well, 
but I believe we can do even better 

During November, we Brethren 
have a unique opportunity to dou- 
ble our giving effectiveness. Any 
gifts for World Relief in November 
that are designated for Southern 
Sudan will be matched by a grant 
from a Christian foundation. That 
gift will double the funds needed in 
Southern Sudan and free other 
funds to be used elsewhere — Koso- 
vo, Turkey, Taiwan, East Timor, or 
wherever needed. Please consider 
designating all or a portion of your 
World Relief gifts in November for 
Sudan by marking the memo sec- 
tion of your check. [i}"] 

Rev. Smith serves as Director of 
Missionary Ministries for The Breth- 
ren Church. 

During November, any 
contribution you make to 
World Relief that you desig- 
nate for Southern Sudan 
will be matched by a grant 
from a Christian founda- 
tion, thus doubling the 
value of your gift. 

providing physical and emotional 
help to thousands of refugees with 
aid from World Relief, Albania's 
churches declared they would re- 
turn to Kosovo with the refugees 
and the Gospel and continue to aid 
the people. Many of the refugees 
were from the region of Pec. 

With World Relief providing 
funds, technical expertise, and man- 
agerial staff, and the Albanian 
churches providing the vision and 
volunteers, World Relief has 
launched a housing reconstruction 
program and support groups for 
traumatized women, mostly wid- 
ows. In time these support groups 
will also help women, especially 
widows, develop sources of income 
for their splintered families. 

In Pec, 90 percent of the homes 
were severely damaged and 40 per- 
cent were destroyed by the Ser- 
bians. Most families who returned 
have been living in tents. But with 
cold weather approaching, better 
housing is needed. Therefore, World 
Relief is racing to rebuild 100 homes 
before winter. 

The long-term goal of the Albani- 
an churches is to see churches 
planted in Kosovo. But at the mo- 
ment, the focus is on helping the 
people survive the next few months. 

Prayer requests for Kosovo: 

• That peace will be maintained in 
Kosovo so that relief and develop- 
ment work can continue and that 
the people can resume some sem- 
blance of a normal life. 

• That the 100 houses will be com- 
pleted in time for winter. 

• That the Albanian church will be 
able to minister effectively to the 
emotional and physical needs of 
these widows. 

• That strong churches will be 
planted in Kosovo that will bring 
many people to a saving knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ. l"^] 

November 1999 


In Memory 

Robert H. Dixon, 70, pastor of 
the Center Chapel Brethren Church 
near Peru, Ind., died October 2 after 
falhng from the roof of his home. 

Dixon was born July 16, 1929, in 
Westpoint, Tenn., the son of Henry 
and Ruth Dixon. On February 6, 
1958, he mar- 
ried Mildred 
Leoma Heater, 
who survives 
him. He served 
in the Army 
during the 

Korean War. He 
retired from 
GenCorp and 
was serving as 
full-time pastor 
of the Center Chapel Church. He 
was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren in Mexico, Ind. 

He is also survived by three chil- 
dren — Robert Lee Dixon, Linda Mc- 
Causlin, and Martha Dunn, four 
grandchildren, and four great- 

Services were held at Flowers- 
Leedy Funeral Home in Peru with 
Rev. Eldon Krider and Rev. Don 
Ritchey officiating. Memorial con- 
tributions may be made to the Cen- 
ter Chapel Brethren Church. ['j'] 

Say "Thank you." 

"Thanksgiving is probably the 
most neglected area of prayer. It 
is so human for us to ask and 
seek and knock. In our praying, 
we are often like little children 
who need to be taught how to 
say "Please" and "Thank you." 
— Paul Cedar 

Doc Shank retires from pastoral ministry 
after fifty-four years of Christian service 

Edinburg, Va. — 

After 54 years of 
ministry in The 
Brethren Church, 
the last 20 of them 
as pastor of the Lib- 
erty Brethren near 
Edinburg, Rev. Doc 
Shank retired from 
pastoral ministry at 
the end of June. 

A farewell dinner 
was held July 18 by 
the Liberty congre- 
gation for Rev. 
Shank and his wife 
Jean. During the 
dinner, the congregation presented 
Doc a plaque that reads, "Presented 
to Doc Shank in appreciation for 26 
years of faithful service as Pastor of 
the Liberty Brethren Church" (in 
addition to his past 20 years at Lib- 
erty, Rev. Shank also served the 
church from 1967 to 73). Since the 
farewell dinner was held just two 
days after Doc's 78th birthday, a 
lovely and delicious birthday cake 
was served during the meal. 

The congregation also gave a love- 
ly basket of flowers to Jean Shank. 
During her husband's ministry at 
Liberty, Jean helped in various ways. 
Each Sunday she gave a brief mini- 
sermon, and on Sundays when Doc 
was elsewhere preaching, she would 
sometimes fill the pulpit. 

A graduate of both Ashland Col- 
lege (BA, 1948) and Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary (BD, 1962; MDiv, 
1973), Doc began preaching while a 
student at the college, serving the 
Glenford, Ohio, Brethren Church as 
student pastor from 1945-50. He was 
ordained at the Hagerstown, Md., 
First Brethren Church in 1953. 

Jean {Heck) attended 

training at Union Memorial Hospi- 
tal School of Nursing in Baltimore, 
Md., becoming a registered nurse in 
1948. She then attended Ashland 
College, serving as school nurse 
while earning both BS and BA de- 
grees (1952). The Shanks were mar- 
ried that same year, then went to 
the School of Missions at Concordia 
Theological Seminary in St. Louis, 

Of his 54 years of ministry, Rev. Doc Shank and his wife 
Jean spent 26 years sen'ing the Liberty Brethren Church. 

Missouri, for graduate work. 

From 1955 to 1966 the Shanks 
served as Brethren missionaries on 
the Church of the Brethren mission 
field in Nigeria. They first taught at 
Waka School, but later were given 
oversight of mission work first in 
the Wandali area, then in the Mara- 
ma area. They spent their last four 
years in Nigeria in Jos, where they 
served as house parents at Hillcrest 
School and where Doc was purchas- 
ing agent for the mission. 

After returning to the U.S., Jean 
became a full-time nurse and Doc 
returned to the pastoral ministry. 
Brethren churches served in addi- 
tion to Liberty were Maurertown, 
Va. (1966-73); St. Luke (Woodstock, 
Va.) (1967-73); Gretna (Bellefon- 
taine, Ohio) (1973-77); Herndon 
(Chandon, Va.) (1977-79); and 
Mathias, W Va. (1979-87). During 
his years of pastoral service he also 
had an active ministry as a volun- 
teer hospital chaplain, most recent- 
ly as Chaplaincy Coordinator at 
Shenandoah County Memorial Hos- 
pital, Woodstock, Va. 

Though retired, Doc plans to con- 
tinue his volunteer chaplaincy work 
at Shenandoah Hospital and to do 
some part-time pastoral work. He is 
currently preaching one Sunday a 
month at the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church, Harrisonburg, Va. 

The Shanks are the parents of two 
children, Dennis Glenn Shank of 
Edinburg, Va., and Donna Jean 
Quinones of Tampa, Fla. ['t}] 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Logans see potential, ask for prayer as they 
begin working with church in Rouen, France 

Rouen (Normandy), France — 

On Sunday, September 12, Brethren 
missionaries Mark and Chantal 
Logan were introduced to the con- 
gregation of the Reformed Church 
of France in Rouen as Parish Assis- 
tant and wife, marking the official 
beginning of their work with that 
church. On that day Rev. Logan 
wrote, "We are meeting people and 
learning about the church and what 
my job will be." He also noted that 
they were "being treated very well." 

When the Logans first arrived in 
Rouen (a city of approximately 
500,000), the remodeling of the 
apartment in which they were to live 
was not yet finished, so they stayed 
with the pastor and his wife. But by 
the second week of October they 
had moved into the apartment and 
were beginning to get settled. 

According to Mark, the Reformed 

Church in Rouen is made up of two 
congregations that share three 
buildings. The largest is St. Eloi, the 


and Mark 



St. Eloi, 

one of 

the three 



of the 



in Rouen, 



they are 


downtown worship center, which 
was built as a Roman Catholic 

A Weekend Escape 

Lakeville, Ohio — Approximately 35 
Brethren families in Ohio took time out 
from their fast-paced world to relax 
and enjoy the beauty of God's creation 
at the Ohio District's Camp Bethany on 
Labor Day weekend. They left behind 
TV's, phones, stereos, and the every- 
day tasks of life to enjoy a weekend 
rendezvous with God, families, and 
friends. The result was a Spirit- and 
fun-filled weekend that will be remem- 
bered for a long lime. 

One of the weekend's highlights was 
a concert by David Greer, an Ashland 
resident who heads a youth program 
called New Creation Ministries. Greer 
had the place 
rockin' as the 
youth helped him 
sing "As for Me 
and My House. We 
Will Serve the 
Lord." In addition 
to singing, David 
gave a testimony 
of how he had 
gone from prison 
to pulpit. Many 
were touched and 
blessed by his 
message in word 
and song. 

The speaker for the weekend was Art 
Carr, associate pastor at the Smithville, 
Ohio, Brethren Church, who led four 
sessions on the topic "How Does the 
Media Affect Us?" He explained how 
the media can infiltrate our thinking 
and influence us toward a secular view- 
point. He countered this with some 
great guidelines on how to keep the 
media out of our lives. 

"We praise our Heavenly Father for 
the blessing that Family Camp was to 
all," said Tom and Diane McConahay, 
who directed the program, "and we hope 
to see you next year, September 2-4, 
2000. What a great way to spend the 
first Labor Day of the new millennium." 
— reported by the McConahays 

cathedral in the 16th century but 
was given to the Protestants by 
Napoleon in 1803. It suffered only 
minor damage during the World 
War II invasion of Normandy, while 
the Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 
only 100 yards away, was complete- 
ly destroyed. 

The second church building is 
smaller, seating about 80. The third 
is the Parish House, which is about 
a 5-minute walk from the main 
building downtown. It is the center 
for many of the church activities 
and has a kitchen, a large room with 
a small stage, several meeting/class 
rooms, and a catacomb-like base- 
ment for the Scouts. The Parish 
House is built around a courtyard 
that also includes three apartments, 
one for each of the two pastors and 
one for the Logans. 

Mark believes that the church has 
a lot of potential. It has had a fruit- 
ful past but has grown a bit compla- 
cent over the years. Now, however, it 
seems to be waking up and becom- 
ing aware of the graying of the con- 
gregation. New evangelistic activi- 
ties are being planned and a major 
refurbishing of the Parish House is 
in progress. "We consider it a privi- 
lege to be here and take part in the 
renewal effort," he said. "Please pray 
for God's guidance and the presence 
of His Spirit here." [^'\ 

November 1999 


Donald Belstering ordained a Brethren elder 
October 10 at Park Street Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio — Donald L. Bel- 
sterling was ordained an elder in 
The Brethren Church and his wife 
Jeanine was consecrated as the wife 
of an elder in a service held Sunday 
evening, October 10, at Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, where 
Rev. Belsterling serves as Pastor of 
Youth Discipleship. 
Dr. Arden Gilmer, senior pastor of 

Rev. Don and Jeanine Belsterling and then childien- 
(l. to i: ) Hannah, Abigail, and Boaz- 

the Park Street congregation, led 
the service and gave the message. 
He noted that approximately 200 
youth are involved in some kind of 
youth activity at Park Street Breth- 
ren Church each week. Other Breth- 
ren elders participating in the ser- 
vice were Robert Buford, associate 
pastor at Park Street Church, Leroy 
Solomon, John Shultz, Ronald W. 
Waters, and Dale Stoffer. The action 
of the congregation calling for the 
ordination of Belsterling was read 
by Moderator Jim Hess, who also 
expressed words of appreciation for 
the ministry of Don and Jeanine. 

Because it was the youth pastor 
who was being ordained, a number 
of young people participated in the 
service. They helped the worship 
team lead the congregation in a time 
of worship through singing, and 
then, with the worship team, pre- 
sented special music, singing "All 
Things Are Possible." Two young 
men, Andy Ditlevson and Mark Pep- 
sny, then told what the ministry of 

Pastor Belsterling has meant to them. 
Donald Belsterling was born June 
12, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son 
of Edward and Elfriede Belsterling. 
He was graduated from Mt. Leb- 
anon, Pa., High School and attended 
Westminster College in New Wilm- 
ington, Pa., receiving a BA degree in 
communications in 1985. He accept- 
ed a position with May Company as a 
buying execu- 
tive, and while 
working there 
volunteered as 
a youth work- 
er in his home 

Two years 
after graduat- 
ing from col- 
lege, he felt a 
call to full- 
time Christian 
ministry, and 
he moved to 
Pa., to minis- 
ter to youth 
and college 
students in a 
church there. While in Greenville, he 
met Jeanine Sherbondy of Atlanta, 
Pa., at a community outreach meet- 
ing for the Billy Graham Association. 
Two years later she became his wife. 
In 1990 the Belsterlings moved to 
Greeley, Colo., where Don became 
youth director in a church there. 
While in Greeley, in 1992, their first 
child, Hannah, was born. 

Throughout these years of service, 
Don was earning seminary credits 
from the Gordon Conwell and Den- 
ver Seminaries. Then in 1994 the 
Belsterlings moved to Ashland so 
that Don could attend Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary full time. In Jan- 
uary 1995 he became Pastor of 
Youth Discipleship at Park Street 
Church, where he has served for the 
past five years. In May 1997 he re- 
ceived his Master of Divinity degree 
from the seminary. 

Since moving to Ashland, the Bel- 
sterlings have been blessed with two 
more children, Abigail, born in 1995, 
and Boaz, born August 5, 1999. [i?] 

Lanark, III — Rev. Rober^t L. 
Schubert, associate pastor of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church, 
and his bride, Joyce (Wolf), were 
honored at a reception August 29 
hosted by the Lanark congrega- 
tion. The two were married on 
August 18, 1999, at The Little 
Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. 
Rev. Schubert's first wife, Mavme, 
died July 3, 1998. 

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Vol.121, No. 11 

A newsletter for Brethren people 

December 1999 

A Look at Where We Have Been 

By Dale Stoffer 

As we come to the end of the 
20th century and prepare to 
enter not just a new century but 
also a new millennium, it is appro- 
priate that we first take a look 
backward and evaluate where we 
have been. To that end, the follow- 
ing overview of the history of The 
Brethren Church since its founding 
in 1883 will look at some of the sig- 
nificant developments that have 
brought us to where we are today. 


The Brethren Church began as a 
result of a three-way division that 
occurred among the Brethren in the 
early 1880s. To understand that di- 
vision, however, we need to go back 
another 175 years. 

The Brethren movement began in 
Germany in 1708. By the early 1730s, 
persecution and harsh economic 
conditions in Europe caused most 
of the adherents of this group to 
come to America. In this country 
the Brethren, because of their Ger- 
man language and their tendency 
to form agrarian settlements on the 
frontier, became a subculture in 
American society. This is reflected 
by their name, the German Baptist 

By 1850, however, the Brethren 
were being forced to come to terms 
with the dominant American cul- 

This Christmas, take 

A Journey to the Manger 

See the middle of this issue 
(pages 6 and 7) for daily devo- 
tional readings for December 21 
to 25 that will help you prepare 
your heart for Christmas. 

ture. They began to adopt English as 
their primary language, and their 
rural settlements increasingly inter- 
acted with the surrounding society. 

Over the next 30 years, in re- 
sponse to the challenges posed by 
acculturation, three distinct groups 
developed among the German Bap- 
tist Brethren. One group, the Old 
Order Brethren, wanted strict ad- 
herence to the traditional ways of 
the church, the "old order." They 
opposed all new religious practices 
(Sunday schools, revivals. Chris- 
tian schools, a paid ministry). 

On the opposite side were the 
Progressive Brethren. They thought 
the church needed to accept these 
and other modern advances if it was 
to have any significant outreach 
into wider American society. In the 
middle were the Conservatives, who 
were willing to accept change but 
who insisted that it be slow so as not 
to disrupt the unity of the church. 

Three-way division 

The tension among these three 
positions led to a three-way divi- 
sion among the German Baptist 
Brethren between 1881 and 1883. 
The Old Order Brethren withdrew, 
forming the Old German Baptist 
Brethren. The Progressive Breth- 
ren, guided especially by Henry R. 
Holsinger, were disfellowshipped 
from the main body of the church 
and in 1883 formed The Brethren 
Church. The group that remained 
— the Conservatives who were the 
vast majority of the German Bap- 
tist Brethren — adopted the name 
Church of the Brethren in 1908. 

The controversy of the 1870s and 
80s had both positive and negative 
influences on The Brethren Church, 

Elder Henn' R. Hol- 
singer. leader of the Pro- 
gressive Brethren. 

the heirs 
of the Pro- 
gr e s s i ve 
On the pos- 
itive side, 
many of the 
by the Pro- 
have con- 
tinued to 
be impor- 
tant for The 
These include Christian education 
through Sunday schools; higher ed- 
ucation (Ashland College, founded 
by Brethren in 1878, came under 
the control of the Progressives at 
the time of the division); an educat- 
ed and salaried ministry; evange- 
lism in the wider American culture, 
especially urban centers; and for- 
eign missions. 

On the negative side. The Breth- 
ren Church had a strong fear of any 
kind of central authority in the 
church due to the perception of Pro- 
gressives that the Annual Meeting 
of the German Baptist Brethren 
had held too much authority. This 
fear of central authority led to sev- 
eral disturbing developments in the 
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Inside this issue 

Christmas attitude adjustment 4 
Helping the grieving 5 

Journey to the manger 6 

General Conference 2000 8 
Around the denomination 10 

church during the late 1800s and 
early 1900s. 

1. Many newly-organized churches 
died because no organized effort 
existed to supply pastors for 
these new congregations. 

2. Ashland College and the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company were 
nearly lost because the church 
failed to adequately address 
their financial needs. 

3. The church rebuffed every effort 
to define church government 
more fully. It was not until 1915 
that A Manual of Procedure for 
The Brethren Church was adopt- 
ed. In this document, the concept 
of limited Congregationalism was 
spelled out: Brethren churches 
are free to decide and oversee 
their own local affairs but are to 
hold a common faith and practice 
regarding gospel explicits and 
the ordinances of the church. 

Early successes 

In spite of the hardships faced by 
the new church following the divi- 
sion of the 1880s, The Brethren 
Church made considerable head- 
way in the last years of the 19th 
century and the early years of the 
20th century. Three auxiliaries of 
the church were begun during this 
period. A women's work, the Sis- 
ters' Society of Christian Endeavor 
(forerunner of the Women's Mis- 
sionary Society), started in 1887. A 
denominational youth ministry was 
organized in 1890. Then two years 
later, the National Ministerial As- 
sociation was formed. (The laymen 
did not organize until 1923.) 

In time, Ashland College gained a 
firmer financial footing through the 
very capable leadership of Dr. J. 
Allen Miller, who served as presi- 
dent of the institution from 1898 

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Dr. J. Allen 
Miller, presi- 
dent of Ashland 
College from 
1898 to 1906 
and dean of 
Ashland Theo- 
logical Semi- 
nary from 1906 
to 1933. was a 
dominant figure 
in The Breth- 
ren Church 
throughout his 

until 1906. In 1906 he resigned to 
become dean of the newly-organized 

A Foreign Mission Society was 
begun in 1900, although outside the 
formal structure of General Confer- 
ence. In 1908 the society authorized 
Charles F. and Pearl Yoder to serve 
in Argentina as the church's first 
foreign missionaries. James and 
Florence Newberry Gribble began a 
second mission field for the Breth- 
ren in west-central Africa in 1918. 

Home missions also moved for- 
ward as urban missions were start- 
ed in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, 
Philadelphia, Columbus, Canton, 
Chicago, St. Joseph, and Montreal. 
In addition, in 1905 George and 
Ada Drushal launched a ministry 
in Appalachia, the Riverside Insti- 
tute at Lost Creek, Ky. Many of 
these mission efforts, both small- 
town and urban, bore fruit as The 
Brethren Church grew from about 
6000 members in 1883 to more 
than 23,000 in 1915. 

The Brethren Church was very 
open to involvement in the major 
Christian movements of the late 
19th and early 20th century. The 
church developed ties with the 
Women's Christian Temperance 
Union, the YMCA, the YWCA, the 
Christian Endeavor movement, 
and similar organizations. In addi- 
tion, individual Brethren came 
under the influence of liberalism 
and fundamentalism. 


Between 1913 and 1921 the 
Brethren experienced intermittent 
controversy when a few well-edu- 
cated Brethren began to embrace 
liberalism and the social gospel. 
This controversy was brought to an 
end in 1921 when the Ministerial 

Association adopted a conservative 
statement of faith. The Message of 
the Brethren Ministry. As a result, 
those with liberal persuasions left 
the denomination during the 1920s. 

Though the church as a whole was 
theologically conservative, some in 
the denomination, notably Louis 
Bauman and Alva J. McClain, 
wanted to steer the church into fun- 
damentalism. By the 1930s, Ameri- 
can fundamentalism had adopted a 
very aggressive stance toward any- 
thing deemed liberal and frowned 
on any association with those hav- 
ing liberal sentiments. 

Bauman and McClain, fearing 
that liberalism was gaining a foot- 
hold at Ashland College, desired to 
turn the school into a Bible insti- 
tute, similar to Wheaton College. 
They were opposed by the Ashland 
College trustees and many Breth- 
ren, who preferred to maintain a 
Christian liberal arts education at 
the institution. 


Combined with the controversy 
over Ashland College were several 
theological issues plus the clash of 
strong personalities on both sides of 
the conflict. The most notable theo- 
logical issues involved the under- 
standing of "grace." On the one side 
were the fundamentalist Brethren, 
who held to the priority of God's grace 
alone in salvation (thus "Grace 
Brethren") and a consequent belief 
in eternal security. 

On the other side were the "Ash- 
land Brethren," who were commit- 
ted to the traditional Brethren per- 
spective that salvation involves 
confession of faith in Christ as both 
Savior and Lord, with the necessity 
of ongoing faithfulness and obedi- 
ence to Christ. The result of this con- 
troversy was a division in 1939. The 
nearly 30,000 members divided al- 
most equally between the two groups. 

This division affected the Ash- 
land Brethren far more adversely 
than the Grace Brethren. Though 
the Ashland Brethren retained 
most of the denominational institu- 
tions and organizations, the For- 
eign Missionary Society, as an in- 
dependent agency, sided with the 
Grace Brethren. The Grace Breth- 
ren were also able to control the 
youth work and most of the home 

The Brethren Evangelist 

mission churches. In addition, most 
of the seminary students joined Mc- 
Clain when Grace Theological Sem- 
inary was formed in 1937, thus cre- 
ating a pastoral shortage in The 
Brethren Church that would last 
well into the 1950s. 

The disillusionment that set in 
following this division resulted in a 
period of nearly 20 years in The 
Brethren Church that Brethren his- 
torian Albert Ronk characterized as 
"defeatism, lethargy, gloom." Some 
Brethren entertained thoughts of 
joining the Church of the Brethren 
or of allowing the denomination to 
disintegrate. Fortunately, leaders 
both young and old committed them- 
selves to rebuilding the church. 

Signs of life 

Already in the 1940s some signs 
of life could be detected by the eyes 
of faith. Charles F. Yoder, who had 
retired from missionary service, 
returned to 
Argentina in 
1940 to be- 
gin a new 
work there. 
Near the end 
of the decade 
(1948), the 
church ex- 
panded its 
mission pro- Or. Charles F. Yoder. 
gram to who began Brethren mis- 

Nigeria, in sion work in Argentina 
cooperation twice, also sen'ed for a 
with an es- ^'""' «^ editor of The 
t a b 1 i s h e d Brethren EvangeUst. 
work of the Church of the Brethren. 

A facet of church life that Albert 
Ronk especially credited with 
breathing vitality back into the 
church was the youth program. In 
1946 the first Brethren Youth Con- 
ference met, and in 1948 Charles 
Munson became the first National 
Director of Brethren Youth. In the 
1950s the Crusader Program was 
launched, preparing young people 
for service to the church. This pro- 
gram, in various phases, has con- 
tinued into the 90s. 

Further signs of renewed life in 
the church in the 50s and 60s were 
an increasing number of new church 
starts (64 since 1950 with more 
than 50 percent still in existence) 







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The Brethren Church at the 
End of the 20th Century. 

(December 1998 statistics) 

Membership 13,494 

Average Sunday morning 

worsliip attendance 12,515 

Total congregations 116 

Established churches 109 

Mission congregations 3 

Classes 4 

Seven new congregations were 
started in 1998 and 1999. 

• Cross Keys Worship Center, Port 
Republic, Va., May 17, 1998 

• Iglesia de los Hermanos, Tucson, 
Ariz., June 28, 1998 

• Grace Community Church, Win- 
chester, Va., Sept. 27, 1998 

• Rock Springs Community Church, 
Vista, Calif., Oct. 4, 1998 

• Oasis Community Church, Chan- 
dler, Ariz., March 7, 1999 

• Eagle's Nest Christian Fellowship, 
Peru, Ind., March 21, 1999 

• Living Waters Community Church, 
Mansfield, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1999 

and a reawakening interest in the 
history and thought of the church. 
Especially important for the revi- 
talization of the church has been 
the exciting growth of Ashland The- 
ological Seminary. 

When Joseph Shultz became dean 
in 1963, the seminary had only 22 
students. Through his innovative 
leadership and that of his succes- 
sor, Frederick Finks, the seminary 
has grown to 760 students. Though 
Brethren students make up only a 
small portion of the student body, 
the seminary has provided excel- 
lent training for many Brethren 
men and women who serve in every 
facet of the church's life. 

Critical self-evaluation 

The mood of the church from 1975 
to 1995 could be described as one of 
critical self-evaluation of its weak- 
nesses, strengths, and mission. Re- 
flecting this perspective was a long 
process of denominational reorga- 
nization, beginning in 1976 and 
culminating in 1996. The result has 
been a more streamlined, efficient 
organization with a far more uni- 
fied vision for national ministry. 

Another important step was the 
development of a mission statement 
for the denomination in 1988-89. 

Then two planning conferences 
were held at Beulah Beach, Ohio. 
The first, in 1989, developed priori- 
ties for the denomination; the sec- 
ond, in 1992, focused on church 
planting. Also during this period a 
wide range of issues related to bap- 
tism, communion, and ordination 
were considered. 

Not to be overlooked during the 
period from the 1970s to the early 
1990s was the expansion of inter- 
national mission work. Four new 
Brethren fields were opened in the 
1970s— India in 1970, Colombia in 
1973, Malaysia in 1974, and Mexico 
in 1979. In 1987 the church began a 
cooperative work with the Argen- 
tine Brethren Church in Paraguay. 
And in 1991 Brethren mission work 
was begun in Peru. 

A sense of excitement 

The final years of the 1990s have 
witnessed a sense of anticipation 
and excitement for what the Lord 
will do with The Brethren Church. 
Though there is continuing concern 
over the drop in membership, down 
nearly 30 percent since 1957, wor- 
ship attendance has actually grown 
more than 20 percent during the 
same period. Several exciting new 
church starts have led to increasing 
interest in home missions. 

A series of spiritually moving 
General Conferences have Breth- 
ren sensing the Lord's presence and 
work in the church in new and pro- 
found ways. The realization that 
there are or shortly will be more 
Brethren worshipers overseas than 
in America has opened the eyes of 
the church to the wonderful move- 
ment of God in Asia and Central 
and South America. 

When Alexander Mack, the 
founder of the Brethren movement 
in Germany, was asked about the 
future of the fledgling Brethren 
movement, he replied, "We cannot 
testify for our descendants — as 
their faith is, so shall be their out- 
come." As we stand at the threshold 
of a new millennium, perhaps the 
best prediction we can make about 
the future of The Brethren Church 
is: "Only faith will tell." W 

Dr. Staffer is Professor of Historical 
Theology at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary and a Bretheren historian. 

December 1999 

An attitude adjustment for Christmas 

By Larry R. Baker 




GOD SPEAKS to us in various 
ways. Sometimes we hear Him 
in the quietness of our devotions or 
as we gaze upon a fantastic sunset. 
Other times He speaks through a 
passage of Scripture, the verse of a 
song, the last point of a sermon, or 
a feehng of peace in our hearts. God 
speaks, and we get the point. 

It happened to me a few years ago 
while I was impatiently standing in 
a long line at a Target store during 
the pre-Christmas season. As the 
Muzak played "Jingle Bells," "Deck 
the Halls," and "Joy to the World," 
I was once again developing my 
Christmas Grinch attitude — men- 
tally decrying the commercialism of 
the celebration of Jesus' birth. It 
was at this time that God got my 
attention — not audibly, but by chal- 
lenging my attitude. 

Righteous indignation 

I told God that I was being "right- 
eously indignant" on His behalf be- 
cause of all the commercialism and 
secularization of Christmas. He 
told me that He could handle any 
necessary righteous indignation 
Himself, and that I needed to pre- 
pare for Christmas in a much more 
joyful way. God even had the au- 
dacity to remind me of my calling 
and to suggest that it was my re- 
sponsibility to help the members of 
the congregation I serve with their 
attitudes so that we could all be- 
come a blessing to the community. 

God has a way of confirming His 
messages to us until we get the 
point. He keeps at us until we begin 
practicing our faith rather than 
just confining it to a mental com- 

Ifyour attitude toward 

Christmas is sometimes 

"Bah, hum-bug," this 

article is for you. 


partment that doesn't make a hill- 
of-beans difference in the way we 
live. He confirmed His message to 
me during a Sunday school class, as 
I shared how God had dealt with 
me at the Target store. 

"It's interesting that you should 
say that," replied one of the class 
members who managed a bookstore 
in the mall. "Christians are usually 
some of the rudest, most ill-man- 
nered customers during the Christ- 
mas season." 

There God was again, getting my 
attention — convicting me of the 
need to prepare myself and to help 
others prepare for Christmas. He 
was showing me that we need to 
make Christmas a proactive time of 
sharing the love and new life found 
in Christ rather than a reactive 
time of fussing and complaining 
about what the pagans are doing 
with the holiday. With God's help 

and the assistance of many good 
people at First Brethren Church in 
South Bend and around the world, 
we have come up with a few ideas 
that help us prepare for Christmas 
in a more joy-filled and Spirit-filled 
way. I share them with you in 
hopes that they will help you in 
your Advent journey, as together 
we advance the Kingdom of God. 

Adjusting our focus 

We discovered that we need to 
adjust our own focus as we prepare 
for Christmas. As a congregation 
we do that by observing Advent. We 
not only light the appropriate can- 
dle on the Advent wreath at the be- 
ginning of each worship service, we 
also ask someone from the congre- 
gation to share a prepared Advent 
thought for the day. In addition, 
the music, drama, Scripture read- 
ing, and message during the wor- i 
ship services all focus on helping 
people prepare for Jesus. 

In addition to our Advent empha- 
sis in our worship services, we also 
encourage each person to spend 
extra time personally preparing for 
Christmas. Some years we dis- 
tribute Advent devotional booklets 
for members of the congregation to 
use and to share with friends. The 
copies for sharing with friends usu- 
ally have an extra cover for mailing 
that includes an invitation to our 
special Christmas services. This 
year we are making our own devo- 

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tional booklet using ideas and med- 
itations contributed by members of 
the congregation. 

We also try to share the joy of 
the Christmas season with those 
around us — especially those in need 
and those who do not know Jesus 
as their Lord and Savior. In order 
to do this, we plan some special pro- 
grams and invite the community. A 
program that is always a hit is the 
Holiday Concert by our local male 
chorus, followed by that Brethren 
specialty — refreshments! children's 
programs, Christmas caroling, a 
Candle & Carol service, and the 
Christmas Eve service all provide 
opportunities to make Christmas 
special by including lots of people in 
the programs and by inviting peo- 
ple of the community to share in 
the real meaning of the holiday. 

Another way we share Christmas 
joy is through "servant evangelism" 
projects in which the whole con- 
gregation can participate. We have 

found that giving out pens (that say 
"Compliments of First Brethren 
Church") to busy store clerks pro- 
vides a bright spot in their hectic 
holidaze. We usually make tracts 
and calendars available for church 
people to enclose with their Christ- 
mas cards or just to give to friends 
and neighbors. 

Some years we have made the 
Jesus video or specialty Bibles 
available at reduced prices for 
Christmas gifts. This year we hope 
to be able to pass out little packets 
of nuts with Dr. Terry Wardle's 
1998 General Conference declara- 
tion, "God is nuts about you!" on 
them. We also encourage our Sun- 
day school classes and Bible study 
groups to have a special project. 
Last year we shared Christmas 
gifts, groceries, and God's love with 
15 children through Angel Tree. 

We always give church members 
one or more ways to invite people to 
join us in our Christmas celebra- 






How to help the grieving 
through the holidays 

FOR MOST PEOPLE, the Christ- 
mas season is a joyful time of cele- 
bration with family and friends. But 
for those who have lost a loved one 
during the year, the holidays can be an 
especially difficult time. Marianne 
LaFrance. social psychologist and pro- 
fessor at Boston College, offers the 
following suggestions for helping 
someone you care about deal with his 
or her grief at Christmastime. 

• Give a gift of memories. A scrap- 
book filled with photos and other 
memorabilia of the departed, gath- 
ered from family and friends, will 
make a treasured and appreciated 

• Help your friend think about and 
decide which holiday traditions to 
keep and which ones to change. 
Sometimes it's good to change cer- 
tain traditions so that the absence of 
a loved one is less painful. Suggest 
starting some new ones, such as at- 
tending a concert or joining a choral 
group for caroling. 

• Plan an outing to the grave site. Take 
along a small pine tree, holly, an ever- 
green floral arrangement, or other 
greenery to decorate it for the season. 

• For some, the loss of a loved one can 
leave them feeling less needed. Vol- 

unteer at a local soup kitchen or chil- 
dren's hospital and invite the griev- 
ing person to go with you. Or take 
him or her shopping for food, cloth- 
ing, or toys to give to a charity. 

• Don't be afraid to mention the de- 
ceased person's name — ifs impor- 
tant to reassure the bereaved that 
you haven't forget his or her loved 
one. Drop the person a note ac- 
knowledging that this is a difficult 
time, or encourage the grieving per- 
son to reminisce about favorite holi- 
day memories with you. 

• Christmas trees, lights, candles and 
other holiday decorations are often 
neglected in homes where someone 
has passed away. Consider sending 
the person a small tree, wreath or 
evergreen floral arrangement. 

• Attend Christmas Eve service with 
the bereaved. Church communities 
provide a strong support network, 
and the service may be comforting 
to someone in grief 

• Encourage the bereaved to spend 
Christmas with you and your family. 
Many people who are grieving don't 
feel like celebrating, but being alone 
during the holidays can be even 
more difficult. Offer to bring the cel- 
ebration to their home if they aren't 
ready to go out. [^] 

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tion. We have used 
the Advent devotion- 
al booklets, men- 
tioned previously, 
and also Christ 
mas cards. This 
year we plan to 
use some great 
little cards from 
Outreach Market 
ing that will 
invite people 
to "Hang Out" 
with us this 

Oh, I almost 
forgot to mention 
decorations. In addi 
tion to the traditional Chrismon 
Tree in the sanctuary with its sym- 
bols representing Jesus, we also 
have a poinsettia tree comprised of 
40 to 50 plants. These poinsettias 
are then shared with shut-ins and 
the elderly. 

There is also one tradition that 
we have observed for many years 
that helps remind all of us that 
Christmas is Jesus' birthday. We 
bring birthday presents for Jesus to 
our Candle & Carol service. Each 
year a list of suggested birthday 
gifts is published in our December 
newsletter, and corresponding paper 
ornaments are hung on the "giving 
tree" (a little Christmas tree in the 
lobby). Individuals or families se- 
lect gifts that they want to give 
Jesus for His birthday. 

The gifts represent a variety of 
ministries and interests within the 
Body of Christ — crayons for Sun- 
day school, coffee for fellowship 
time. Bibles for new members, or 
support for missionaries. Last year 
Jesus especially needed a new copi- 
er. He was given a really good one, 
in addition to many other fine gifts! 

God has also given me some per- 
sonal ways that enable me to pre- 
pare for Christmas. Now instead of 
being upset by long lines, I talk to 
other people or I spend the time in 
prayer. I also look for ways to bring 
the joy of the Lord to someone else 
in unexpected ways. And more than 
once when I have done so, I have 
caught a glimpse of the face of 
Jesus. [ij'l 

Rev. Baker is pastor of the South 
Bend, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

December 1999 


A Journey to the Manger 

By Brian H. Moore 
Seven daily devotional readings for the week leading up to Christmas 


December 19 

Read Genesis 3:8-9 

FOR the next seven days we are 
going on a journey. The journey 
will lead us to the manger where 
the newborn baby Jesus was laid. It 
is a journey of the soul, a spiritual 
pilgrimage in which each of us will 
have opportunity to "ponder these 
things in our hearts" (Lk. 2:19). 

A journey takes us from the famil- 
iar to the unfamiliar. It takes us 
away from home. To begin the jour- 
ney, we must first consider 
where "home" is. I'm not 
thinking of our literal ad- 
dress, of course, the town 
and street where we live. 
Rather, I want us to consid- 
er the question the Lord 
God asked the man in the 
garden, "Where are you?" 

Where are you in your life 
and spirit right now as you 
read these words? Are you 
tired? Are you weary? Are 
you in a hurry? Are you 
anxious? Are you afraid? 
Are you lonely? Do you feel 
overloaded? Do you feel 
deep peace and content- 
ment? Are you excited? Are 
you, like Adam and Eve, trying to 
hide from God — and from others? 

The God who is love and bound- 
less compassion deeply desires to 
know where you are. Wherever you 
are, He is looking for you. He wants 
to invite you to come with Him on a 
journey to find anew His Son. 

"Joseph went up from the town of 
Nazareth in Galilee . . . ." Where is 
your starting point for this journey? 
Take a few moments right now to 
search your soul to find out just 
where you are, for that is where the 
journey begins. 

December 20 

Read Luke 2:1-^ 

A JOURNEY is not always conve- 
nient. Sometimes forces outside 
ourselves require us to make the 

pilgrimage. The journey is not a 
vacation trip. We may have some 
inner resistance. We may be deeply 
involved where we are and find it 
irritating to have to break the famil- 
iar routine. 

For Joseph, the order came from 
"headquarters," from Rome, from 
Caesar Augustus. Nazareth was 
about 75 miles from Bethlehem. 
Under ordinary circumstances, per- 
haps Joseph could have made the 
trip to his ancestral home, taken 

care of the business, and returned 
in just a few days. But this was no 
ordinary time! His wife was about 
to have a baby! Two deadlines were 
putting pressure on him: the dead- 
line to register and the baby's due 
date! Talk about inconvenient! 

The journey to the manger for us, 
unlike that for Joseph and Mary, is 
unforced. We don't have to go! We 
can stay in the arena of the famil- 
iar. We can hang a "Do Not Disturb" 
sign over the door of our hearts. 
Any of us can let this season come 
and go with nothing about our lives 
challenged or changed. Yesterday 
we considered where we are in life. 
Maybe we are content to stay there. 

Let us take a moment right now 
to consider how open we are to the 
movement of the Spirit in our lives; 

how pliable we are in the hands of 
the Heavenly Potter. Are we willing 
to lay aside the familiar, the rou- 
tine, the comfortable, and take the 
risk of striking out on a new pil- 
grimage of faith? 

December 21 

Read Luke 2:4 

THINK of the significance of 
these words: "Because he was of 
the house and line of David." Sup- 
pose it had read, "Because he was 
of the house and line of Ze- 
bulun." If that had been the 
case, Joseph and Mary 
would not have needed to 
make the journey. They 
would have already been 
where they needed to be. 

But no, Joseph was of the 
house and line of David. To 
belong to David meant that 
he had to pack up his expec- 
tant wife and make the trip. 
If he had been of the house 
and line of Zebulun, we 
would never have heard of 
him or Mary. The inconve- 
nience was created by the 
^^ blessing! The journey grew 
out of the call. Mary humbly 
accepted the announcement that 
she would be the mother of the 
Messiah. That privilege created the 
necessity of the journey. 

We are privileged people as well, 
"chosen in [Jesus Christ] before the 
creation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). In 
the master plan of God, that privi- 
lege necessitates a cooperative en- 
deavor. If we had denied or rejected 
our call to know God in Jesus 
Christ, we would have the "privi- 
lege" of staying in the old life of sin 
and deadness. But because we are 
who we are in Christ, we now are 
called to move along in the journey 
that may sometimes take us where 
we don't want to go. 

Take a moment right now to 
search your heart to determine if 
you have been seeking to live up to 

The Brethren Evangelist 

your privileges of being chosen by 
God. Privilege has its price. Have 
you been w^illing to pay that price? 

December 22 

Read Luke 2:5 

JOSEPH had already made peace 
with Mary's situation (actually, 
God gave him that peace; see Matt. 
1:18-25). But something still didn't 
seem quite right about these words: 
". . . Mary, who was pledged to be 
married to him . . . was expecting a 
child." Joseph, being a conscien- 
tious man, made the journey to 
Bethlehem with his wife-to-be who 
was pregnant, being fully aware of 
the social stigma this could bring. 

To someone more self-centered, 
less godly, less at peace with God 
than Joseph was, Mary would have 
been viewed as "extra baggage." 
Such a man might have looked for a 
way to hide her or to leave her at 
home in order to escape the scorn of 
society. He might even have lied 
about her if the situation arose. 

Some of us are like that. We are 
slow to make the journey to the man- 
ger because we demand perfection 
of ourselves. Everything has to be 
"just right." But somehow, life never 
seems to be "just right." If we are to 
go at all, we must go with what 
seem like handicaps, baggage. Our 
journey to Jesus must not wait 
until we have our "house in order." 

Let us take a moment to consider 
what, if anything, we may be using 
as an excuse to hinder our progress 
in our spiritual growth. Is there 
something about ourselves we are 
trying to hide or to deny in order to 
appear more "together" than we real- 
ly are? Bring the "extra baggage" 
along on the journey. We never 
know what God may do with it! 

December 23 

Read Luke 2:7 

MARY still wasn't Joseph's wife! 
The baby came, and they 
weren't married (although "the 
pledge" in those days had marital- 
type commitment built into it). "Be- 
hold what God hath wrought!" He 
took what appeared to be a "sinful" 
situation and brought the world 
His Blessing. (Let's get this right: 
there was no sin in this, even 
though to unbelievers then and 
now, it appears to be scandalous. ) 

Joseph knew what God was up to. 
He knew that what was taking place 
was a miracle. He was not hindered 
or offended by these circumstances. 
Mary was not "extra baggage" to 
him! A great thing was taking place! 
God was taking what appeared to 
be a troublesome situation and 
bringing the Savior of the world 
into the world in the midst of it. 

On our spiritual pilgrimage, we 
may have many things about us 
and our circumstances that do not 

seem to be conducive to our prog- 
ress. The challenge for us is to 
allow the Lord in His sovereignty to 
turn those things into sources of 
blessing. Consider your emotional 
makeup, your living condition, your 
economic situation, your "station" 
in life (age, physical condition, etc.). 
Do these seem like hindrances to 
the journey? Consider that they 
may be a "Mary," a channel of God's 
profound work in your life and even 
of His work in the world. 

December 24 

Read Luke 2:8-16 

IT looked as though it would be a 
lonely journey for Joseph and 
Mary. They apparently knew no 
one in Bethlehem, had no relatives 
there with whom they could stay. 
They sought public accommoda- 
tions, but even these were not 
available. How lonely! How ex- 
tremely lonely was this journey! 

But suddenly the silence of the 
barnyard was broken by other voices. 
Other people were coming, all out 
of breath. Their breathing seemed 
louder than their muffled conversa- 

tion. Someone else had been sum- 
moned to make the journey! In a 
way unknown to the parents, a 
birth announcement had been sent 
to some lowly shepherds. Of all peo- 
ple to be invited to the journey! And 
yet it was these very people and 
these kinds of people who respond 
to the call to come to the manger. 

Take a few moments right now to 
consider these questions: Who is 
with me on this journey? Who is 
"with me" in heart and soul on my 
spiritual journey? Anyone? Can I 
find someone who would share the 
path with me? Or will I always 
have the feeling of being a stranger 
in a strange place? And then ask 
yourself. Do I have the shepherds' 
heart? Am I as eager as they were 
to come and bow before Him in sim- 
plicity and purity of heart? 

December 25 

Read Luke 2:17-20 

THE shepherds made it to the 
manger! And so will we, if we 
persevere. They came, they saw, 
and they were changed! And so will 
we, if we persist. Today will be very 
busy, with meals to prepare, family 
gatherings to attend, gifts to open. 
Excitement will abound! By tonight 
we will be exhausted. 

The shepherds had an exhilarat- 
ing experience as well! For a while 
they were on a roll, taking in all the 
excitement and wonder (excitement 
and wonder that far outstrips any- 
thing we are likely ever to know). 
But then it was over. Then what? 
"The shepherds returned . . . ." 

They made the journey, experi- 
enced the glory and splendor of the 
Babe in a manger, and then had to 
return to work. But everything was 
different now. They returned, "glo- 
rifying and praising God for all the 
things they had heard and seen." 

Journeys to the manger are meant 
to change our lives. And they will if 
we let them — if we let God work 
His work in us. Maybe all we can 
say after our renewed experience of 
the Savior is "Wow!" But even that 
will be enough to get other people's 
attention. Then we too can spread 
the word concerning what has been 
told us about this Child. ['J] 

Dr. Moore is pastor of the Saint 
James, Md., Brethren Church. 

December 1999 

Nestled among the Rocky Moimtains. Estes Park Center will provide a spectacular 
setting for next year's General Conference. 

General Conference 2000 

lenge, fellowship, and blessings 
of recent Brethren gatherings — 
plus the grandeur of the Rocky 
Mountains and the opportunities of 
a wonderful vacation spot — that's 
what General Conference 2000 will 
offer the Brethren. 

Just in case you haven't heard, 
next year's General Conference will 
be held at YMCA of the Rockies' 
Estes Park Center, located just five 
miles from the town of Estes Park, 
Colorado. Situated on 860 acres, 
Estes Park Center is bordered on 
three sides by Rocky Mountain Na- 
tional Park, featuring some of the 
world's most spectacular scenery. 

General Conference sessions will 
be held in the Center's Walter G. 
Ruesch Auditorium, a facility that 
seats 650 people. Meals will be 
served in the Conference Dining 
Room, located in the same building. 

Lodging for adults will be in Alpen 
Inn, Mt. Ypsilon Lodge, and Wind 
River Lodge, all within easy walk- 
ing distance of the auditorium and 
dining room. All three lodges have 
hotel-type rooms with full private 
bath. Room rates, which include 
two meals per day, depend on the 
lodge and the number of persons 
per room, but all are in the moder- 
ate price range. Rate sheets giving 
the particulars were enclosed in a 

recent Leadership Letter, so ask your 
pastor or church moderator for a 
copy (or request a copy from the 
National Office by calling 419-289- 
1708 or by e-mailing brethren® Registration 
forms will be sent out in January. 

Getting there 

Driving and flying are two obvi- 
ous ways of getting to Estes Park 
Center. Taking a train to Denver is 

also a possibility. Denver Interna- 
tional Airport is the nearest air- 
port, and shuttle service is avail- 
able from the airport to Estes Park 
Center (or you can reserve a rental 
car and pick it up at the airport). 
The Brethren Church has made ar- 
rangements with a travel agency — 
Premier Meetings and Incentives — 
to help you plan your air travel. 
Registration/Air Transportation 
Forms were sent to pastors and 
moderators (and are available from 
the National Office). 

In addition to car, plane, or train, 
at least two people are looking into 
chartering buses to take people to 
Colorado. In the Indiana District, 
Bruce Gorrell of the Roanoke Breth- 
ren Church has been exploring this 
possibility. Interested Brethren in 
Indiana should contact Roanoke 
Pastor Ron Burns for more infor- 
mation (phone 219-672-3796; e-mail 

In Pennsylvania, Bill Stevens of 
the Vinco Brethren Church is ar- 
ranging for buses through Lodestar 
Bus Lines, Inc., of Johnstown. Seats 
will be available not only to Penn- 
sylvania Brethren, but also to other 
Brethren in the eastern U.S. (Ohio 
and east). For more information call 
Mr. Stevens at 814-322-4594 until 
the end of the year, and after Jan- 
uary 2 until March 31 at 941-474- 
7678. Or call the Vinco Brethren 
Church at 814-322-1177. 

The main General Conference sessions will be held in the 650-seai Walter G. Ruesch 
Auditorium at Estes Park Center 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Mt. Ypsilon lodge, one of three facilities in which adults will sta\ during Conference. 

Conference schedule 

In general, the Conference sched- 
ule will be much the same as in 
past years, with on opening session 
on Monday evening, sessions on 
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thurs- 
day, and concluding by noon on Fri- 
day. But there will be one big dif- 
ference — nothing will be scheduled 
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thurs- 
day afternoons. Because Estes Park 
Center is such a wonderful vacation 
spot, this will give people free time 
for sightseeing, tours, various kinds 
of recreation, or a chance just to 
relax in a wonderful environment. 

The youth 

The National Brethren Youth In 
Christ (BYIC) will also have their 
Convention at Estes Park Center, 
which, as usual, will run concur- 
rently with the adult Conference. 
The youth will be staying in the 
Eastside Lodges (on the opposite 
side of the campus from the adults), 
and will have their own separate 
meeting facilities. 

The theme of the Convention will 
be "Lifted Up," and the focus will be 
on worship. As in the past, the youth 
will join the adults for some of their 
sessions, and adults will have the 
opportunity to attend some of the 
youth events if they so choose. 

Things to do 

Estes Park Center offers a vari- 
ety of recreational activities. In ad- 
dition, it's just a short drive from 
Estes Park Center to the Visitor's 
Center of Rocky Mountain National 
Park or a brief hike from the Estes 
Park grounds onto park property. 

Hiking, climbing, nature walks, 
and a variety of educational pro- 
grams are available in the park. Or 
you might want to drive the park's 
Trail Ridge Road, which offers 
nearly twelve miles of driving 
above timberline. 

The town of Estes Park, located 
five miles from Estes Park Center, 

is a tourist's delight. It offers a 
variety of stores and gift shops, 
restaurants, two golf courses (an 
18-hole and a 9-hole), a marina 
with boat rental, and other recre- 
ational activities. Nearby Boulder 
also offers a variety of tourist at- 
tractions. Denver and Colorado 
Springs (with the U.S. Air Force 
Academy nearby) are also great 
places to visit, but are too far away 
to drive to in an afternoon. But you 
might want to spend some time at 
these places either before or after 

If you have never been to Gener- 
al Conference but have thought you 
might want to attend some time, 
2000 would be an ideal year to do 
so. And if you are a person who al- 
ways attends Conference, you cer- 
tainly won't want to miss next 
year's gathering. We look forward 
to seeing all the usual faces and a 
lot of new ones at General Confer- 
ence 2000! [1>] 
— Richard C. Winfield, editor 

Congregational Ministries 
Council Update 


The at-large members of the 
Congregational Ministries Coun- 
cil want to keep you informed of 
developments on our council. 
Brian Moore, Cheryl Schmiedt, 
and I will rotate offering a few 
words about the council as it 
works on your behalf. 

Let me highlight a few items 
of interest from our meeting in 

Do you care for you pastor? Not, 
"Do you like him?" Rather, are 
you willing to create an environ- 
ment in which your pastor is 
loved, encouraged, and support- 
ed. The Leadership Care Study 
group, a sub-committee of the 
Congregational Ministries Coun- 
cil, has finalized the Pastoral 
Care Committee proposal. This 
proposal recommends that the 
Pastoral Care Committee replace 
the Pastoral Relations Commit- 
tee. The Pastoral Care Commit- 
tee would exist to promote the 
care of the pastor and the pastor's 
family in the following areas: 

physical, emotional, intellectual, 
spiritual, relational, and finan- 
cial. This practical proposal pro- 
vides the opportunity for health- 
ier pastors, which translates into 
healthier churches. 

Other tasks: 

A subcommittee, under the 
guidance of Rev. Dave Cooksey, is 
working on an Interim Pastor 
Ministry, to assist churches in 
the transition time during pas- 
toral vacancies. 

The council reviewed the Gen- 
eral Conference schedule for Estes 
Park 2000. In addition to times 
for quality worship, training, and 
fellowship, three afternoons have 
been reserved for enjo3dng the 
area. (See article at left.) 

Plan now. Premier Meetings 
and Incentives will help you han- 
dle your travel arrangements. 
May 30, 2000, is the deadhne for 
working with this travel agency. 

In future months council mem- 
bers Brian Moore and Cheryl 
Schmiedt will write about other 
exciting Congregational Minis- 
tries Council developments. 

— Rev. Tim Garner, 
Member at Large 

December 1999 


World Relief offers 
gifts that make a difference 

DOES YOUR holiday shopping 
hst include life-changing gifts 
like five piglets, a fishing net, pump- 
kin seeds, and a fully-equipped doc- 
tor's bag? 

If not, and you're tired of a shop- 
ping list filled with items people 
really don't need, you might want 
to check out World Reliefs Catalog 
of Hope. Using this catalog, you 
can provide life-changing gifts to 
poor families in places like Cambo- 
dia, Burkina Faso, India, and Peru. 
For example: 

• For $1.50 you can buy five baby 
chicks for a hungry family in 
Vietnam to raise and sell for a 

• For $10 you can purchase sewing 
lessons for a poor woman in India 
so that she can support her chil- 
dren with a new skill. 

• For $60 you can supply a mother 
in Mozambique with the flour, 
yeast, salt, and firewood she needs 
to make 450 loves of bread for her 
home bakery. The income means 
this mom can better feed and 
clothe her children and buy sup- 
plies to continue her business. 
With your purchase, you receive a 

gift card suitable for sending to a 
loved one that says the particular 
gift has been purchased in his or 
her honor. Some families have 
opted to forego needless presents to 
each other entirely and instead to 
give presents to the poor in each 
person's honor. 

Make your holiday giving more 
meaningful by using World Reliefs 
Catalog of Hope. To receive a copy, 
call World Relief at 1-800-535-LIFE 
(5433) and request one. ['ij'J 

Rev. Jim Rowsey (top right), pastor of the Garter Brethren Church, and others look 
on as members of the congregation burn pieces of the church's notes and mortgages. 

Friendly fire at Garber Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio — There was a fire 
in the sanctuary of the Garber 
Brethren Church in Ashland on 
Sunday morning, October 17, but it 
was the kind of fire churches like to 
have. During the worship service 
church members burned not one, 
not two, hnt five mortgages and notes 
totaling $168,500 — money the con- 
gregation had borrowed to build a 
new sanctuary, make other improve- 
ments, and purchase additional 

The paid-off documents were cut 
into strips and placed in the day's 
bulletins. At the designated time in 
the service, members of the congre- 

gation came forward and put their 
piece of the mortgage or note on the 
fire. As the fire burned down, they 
sang "To God be the Glory" followed 
by a responsive reading of the 
litany that was used when the new 
sanctuary was dedicated in 1992. 

Pastor Jim Rowsey gave recogni- 
tion to those who had served on the 
building committee and those who 
had helped in the construction, in- 
cluding laymen from across the de- 
nomination who came to lend a 
hand. After the service, the congre- 
gation continued its celebration of 
being debt-free with a baked-potato 
bar and a time of fellowship. [1]'] 

In Memory 

Edna Lavaughn Kindley, 93, a 

long-time member of and active 
worker in the North Manchester 
First Brethren Church and a for- 
mer pastor's wife, died October 27. 
She was born March 29, 1906, to 
Rev. George E. and Rosa B. Swihart 
in Miami County, Ind. On April 28, 
1934, she married Clarence R. 
Kindley, who survives her. 

For a number of years the Kind- 
leys operated a grocery store. Then 
in mid-life, Clarence accepted a call 
to the pastored ministry. Together 
they served the Flora, Ind., Corinth 

(Twelve Mile, Ind.), and Johnstown, 
Pa., Third Brethren churches. 

In addition to her husband, she is 
also survived by three daughters — 
Lavaughn Wells of Boise, Idaho, 
Margaret Dean of Rockford, 111., 
and Alice Ault of St. Louis, Mo. — 
five grandchildren, and three 

Her funeral service was held Oc- 
tober 30 at the North Manchester 
Church with pastors Km't Stout 
and Marlin McCann and her 
nephew, Rev. John Mishler, offici- 
ating. Memorial gifts may be made 
to the North Manchester First Breth- 
ren Church Memorial Fund. [*]■] 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Oak Hill Brethren demonstrate outpouring of 
appreciation for Pastor Bill and Gene Skeldon 

Oak Hill, W. VA. — Members of 
the Oak Hill First Brethren Church 
went all out in showing apprecia- 
tion to Pastor Bill Skeldon and his 
wife Gene during Pastor Apprecia- 
tion Month (October). But perhaps 
that's how it should be for a pastor 
who currently has one of the 
longest tenures of service at one 
church (26 years) of any pastor in 
the denomination. 

On Sunday, October 17, the con- 
gregation honored the Skeldons 
during the morning worship service. 
In addition, during October three 
members of the congregation — 
Kenneth Nuckels and Burl and 
Jean Burton — redecorated Pastor 
Skeldon's study, painting the walls 
and putting in new carpet. 

When the redecorating was done, 
the old desk in the study looked so 

Rev. Bill and Gene Skeldon 
out of place that the church decided 
to purchase a new one. The desk was 
presented to Pastor Skeldon to be- 

Brethren Impact 
Through Prayer Update 

Four Lighthouses of Prayer were 
established in Ashland, Ohio, this 
month! Participants have reported 
with awe that God has already dis- 
played His faithfulness to their 
prayers. Neighbors who never spoke 
or acknowledged each other before 
have begun saying hello and waving 
to one another from their cars and 
their porches. A feeling of friendli- 
ness has begun to spread over the 
community like a warm blanket. 

Another individual who began her 
Lighthouse in September shared 
that God's faithfulness is being 
realized within her heart. God is 
changing how she feels toward her 
neighbors and therefore changing 
how she is relating to those neigh- 
bors. God is removing her bitter- 
ness and replacing it with His love! 

Do you have a Lighthouse story to 
share? We would love to hear how 
God is blessing you. You can send 
your story to Karen Frado in care of 
the National Office. 

With the October issue of Leader- 
ship Letter, information was sent to 
pastors and church moderators 
about Forty Days of Prayer and 
Fasting. Fasting is a spiritual dis- 

cipline that calls for a commitment 
to self-denial. While we usually think 
of fasting as not eating, it can also 
include a fast from television, from 
an hour of sleep, from one meal per 
day, and so on. What is important 
is that you are giving up something 
in order to spend more time with 
God; that you are strengthening 
your capacity for obedience; that 
you are seeking to increase your 
sensitivity to the Holy Spirit; and 
that you are heightening your de- 
sire for God's presence. 

But is fasting biblical? Moses, 
David, Elijah, Daniel, Jesus, and 
Paul all provide us examples of 
fasting. Fasting is not seeking to 
gain God's favor by "good works," 
but rather a means by which we 
can refocus our attention on our 
spiritual growth and on our rela- 
tionship with Christ. 

Some Christians are planning to 
begin fasting at midnight Decem- 
ber 31, 1999, and to continue until 
February 9, 2000. Thus they will be 
fasting and praying during the first 
40 days of the new year, the new 
decade, the new century, and the 
new millennium. For more infor- 
mation call 1-800-493-7539 or see [ij"] 

— Karen Frado 

vod th. 

come his personal possession. As it 
turns out, purchase of a new desk 
was authorized way back in 1973, 
about the time Pastor Skeldon ar- 
rived at the church. Mr. Nuckels 
gave two reasons for the delay in 
purchasing the desk, one being that 
the congregation wanted to make 
sure that Pastor Skeldon was going 
to stay before it did so! 

Rev. Skeldon was given the day 
off on Pastor Appreciation Sunday, 
which is to say that Rev. Milton 
Robinson, a member of the congre- 
gation, preached the sermon that 
morning. But being the hard-work- 
ing pastor he is, Rev. Skeldon still 
led the choir and made the an- 

During the service, Mr. Nuckels, 
who is Sunday school superinten- 
dent for the church, spoke of the 
Skeldons' early years at Oak Hill 
and recounted various world events 
that have transpired since that 
time. He also spoke about children 
of the church who have grown to 
adulthood during the pastorate of 
Rev. Skeldon. He especially stressed 
how very much the congregation 
appreciated the Skeldons' faithful 
and devoted service. 

As a tangible expression of its ap- 
preciation, the congregation pre- 
sented the Skeldons with corsages, 
a pen and pencil set for each, a ten- 
foot banner relevant to the occasion 
with members' names and affec- 
tionate comments written on it, and 
a basket of cards of appreciation. 
For his part. Pastor Skeldon ex- 
pressed how blessed he feels to 
have the privilege of serving this 
congregation. [U"] 

— reported by R. Rogusky 

It was said that the Wise Men after 
visiting the Babe in the manger "went 
back another way." No one can really 
see Christ and go back the same way. 
Life becomes different from that hour. 
— E. Stanley Jones 

December 1999 


In Memory 

Rev. Hays K. Logan, 93, retired 
Brethren pastor living in New Wind- 
sor, Md., died October 28 of injuries 
from an automobile accident. 

He was born March 2, 1906, in Jones 
Mills, Pa., the son of John and Rebec- 
ca Logan. He was 
married to Garnet 
M. Arison Logan, 
who died in 1990. 

He entered pas- 
toral ministry in 
mid-life, studying 
with Moody Bible 
Institute and be- 
coming pastor of 
the Gatewood, W. Va., Brethren 
Church in 1956. He sei-ved churches 
in Indiana and Maryland. In 1964 he 
became pastor of the Linwood, Md., 
Brethren Church, which he served 
until he retired in 1973. After retir- 
ing he filled pulpits in 20 local 
churches through 1991. 

Surviving are daughter Bette 
Gover of New Cumberland, Pa.; 10 
grandchildren and 16 great-gi'and- 
children. A son, Robert, died in 1980. 

His funeral service was held Novem- 
ber 1 at Hartzler Funeral Home in 
New Windsor with Rev. John Mills 
officiating. Memorial gifts may be 
made to the Linwood Church. [ij'l 

Having fun at Cross Keys Worship Center 

Port Republic, Va. — 

Brethren who attend the 
Cross Keys Worship Cen- 
ter believe that "Church 
should be fun!" (to quote 
member Johnny Roach). 
So the congregation had 
some fun on Sunday, Oc- 
tober 10, with a "Crazy 
Hat Day." 

The theme for the day 
was "Hats, Hearts, & 
Hugs." Everyone was en- 
couraged to wear a hat 
with personality. Spare 
hats were available for 
those who came without one. 

If that wasn't "nutty" enough, the 
Cross Keys congregation was re- 
minded that the following Sunday 
(Oct. 17) would be "Nutty Sunday." 
Everyone was encouraged to pick 
up invitations — bags of peanuts 
with information about the ser- 
vice — to pass out to friends and 
neighbors during the week. 

Nutty Sunday featured a sermon 
by Pastor Pat Velanzon from 1 John 
3:1 and John 3:16 that proclaimed 
the message, "God is nuts about 
you!" A lunch of peanut butter and 

Tracey Wade (I.), Kitty Davis (c), and Kris Estep 
model the hats they wore on Crazy Hat Day. 

jelly sandwiches and other nutty 
dishes followed the service. 

"God is continuing to send us both 
seekers and believers — all with 
wonderful gifts and talents," reports 
Kathy Velanzon, wife of the pastor. 
"We praise Him for building His 
Body, and [we] recognize we are His 
workmanship. And it's fun too!" [1]'] 
— reported by Kathy Velanzon 

A book to consider buying 
for tlie new year 

Occasionally one finds a book 
that makes an impact on one's life. 
For me. Praying for the World's 365 
Most Influential People (Harvest 
House; David Kopp, Heather Har- 
pham Kopp, and Larry Wilson, edi- 
tors) was just such a book. Subti- 
tled 5 Minutes a Day to Change 
Your World, the book offers Chris- 
tians a way to join other Christians 
worldwide in prayer for some of the 
world's most important people. 

Set in a daily devotional format, 
the book calls us to pray for both 
Christians and non-Christians, for 
influential people in various areas 
of life, including politics, entertain- 
ment, sports, business, medicine, 
news media, and world leadership. 

The book presents a different 
person each day. It gives a short 
biography of that person, presents 
a quotation from the person, sug- 
gests prayer starters, gives a Scrip- 

ture verse, and includes a mail or 
e-mail address through which the 
person can be contacted. Most of 
the people named in the book gave 
their permission to be included. 

While most of us would gladly 
pray for Billy Graham or Tim 
LaHaye, how do we feel about pray- 
ing for Saddam Hussein or Marilyn 
Manson? Nevertheless, Paul ad- 
monished Timothy: "I urge you, 
first of all, to pray for all people. As 
you make your requests, plead for 
God's mercy upon them, and give 
thanks. Pray this way for kings and 
all others who are in authority, so 
that we can live in peace and quiet- 
ness, in godliness and dignity" (1 
Timothy 2:1-2, nlt). 

This book makes it easier for us 
to do what Scripture commands us 
to do. It can add an exciting new 
facet to our daily prayer life. 

— Corky Fisher 

Ms. Fisher is an employee of The 
Carpenter's Shop, the Brethren book- 
store in Ashland, Ohio. 

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